My Picture Diary of a Bra

This is the first of many pictures I will use as I test how well Shock Absorber’s new ultimate sports bra lives up to it’s name.

Continuing from my previous post Handstands made the short list of movements that needed a test run.

How well did it keep everything in?

Was it comfortable?

I decided to test this out under wod conditions and as my handstand push up strength needs improving I decided on a scaled JT.

JT is usually 21-15-9 Handstand push ups, ring dips and push ups.

My version 9-6-3 Still tough enough.

Did everything stay in place? Check

Comfort? Sure.

How about a bit of hip snap with a kipping handstand push up? No problem.


Sally Dixey is a Personal Trainer @ Crossfit London in Bethnal Green




Boobs and Bras.

A big conversation amongst female gym bunnies that I have always felt a little left out of.

Not being very blessed with much, I can get away with something cheap and simple. I can imagine but not relate to the difficulty some of my friends face

It seems that comfort, support and of course colour are seen rarely as a set. So finding the perfect bra to accompany your training sessions has now become as much a drama as finding the perfect jeans.

You are wondering where I am going with this?

Well a few weeks ago I received an email from House of Fraser asking me to review the latest Shocker Absorber.

They wanted to know what I found of the fit, style and performance.

Obviously they were not aware of the ease I have finding a sports bra.

If they did they would have asked someone else.

Anyway I agreed. A few weeks later and it arrived. This is probably the most expensive sports bra I have ever worn so I had high expectations.

Would I notice the difference from my cheap sports direct bra? If I am honest not a lot.

I hate having small boobs but I guess this is the pay off -easy to find and cheap sports bras.

If I was to have a more constructive review of this bra I would  need to reach out. So turning to Facebook I posted for feedback and not before long I had a long list of criteria to run through. Brilliant.

Now the work begins.

While I test out the fit and performance why not give me your thoughts on how it looks.

Check out the straps!I had to keep the top catch fastened and take over my head.
Check out the straps!I had to keep the top catch fastened and take over my head.


It has a small clip attached for your ear phones.
It has a small clip attached for your ear phones.


Sally Dixey is a Persoanl Trainer @ Crossfit London, Bethnal Green

Problems with Sacro-iliac Joint Pain

Sacro-iliac joint pain.

Having just covered all matters relating to pelvic girdle pain (PGP) it seems like a perfect time to discuss the sacro-iliac  joint.

This can be another source of pain and discomfort during pregnancy, but thankful like PGP it is manageable and usually subsides after childbirth.

If at any time you have fallen funny and landed on your butt that was probably your first introduction to the Sacro-iliac joint.

(The science bit)
The Sacro-iliac joint is one of the largest joints of the skeleton, where the pelvis and spine join. The bone is smooth and slides together and with large ligaments strengthening their connection.

So the question is: how does pregnancy upset this joint and cause us pain? It’s all down to those pesky hormones that relax all our joints and ligaments. We couldn’t give birth without them but boy do they give us a rough time!

Normally our bodies have the ability to compensate for these changes.
But when hormone levels are higher than normal or there is already an underlying instability of the pelvis, the sacro-iliac joint can begin to slide out of place.

This is when pain is felt.

You could think of pain as the signalling telling our bodies:”It’s time to slow down and adapt your movements”

You will feel this commonly in the lumber (lower) region of the back, possibly radiating into the butt and down one or both thighs. Referred pain may be felt at the symphysis pubis .

So we can’t affect the release of the joint-relaxing hormone, this is a given.

What you can do is work on balancing out tight and/or weak muscles connected to the pelvis. The piriformis is a common culprit. It connects from your pelvis to the top of your leg. Try using a form roller or a tennis ball will also do the trick.

I  keep  mentioning stability and I can’t push this point enough. A stable pelvis will support your growing bump and counter the effect of the hormones by giving you a strong base to work from.

Never neglect your pelvic floor work. Use you abdominals to hold your bump in. And don’t be afraid of squats!
This all helps give the sacro-iliac joint the support it needs, to help reduce or eliminate any discomfort.

Next week I will be putting together a short video showing some simply ways to engage your pelvic floor .

(Sacro-iliac pain can sometimes be mis-diagnosed as sciatica. If you do feel pain and discomfort in this area please consult your doctor first. Seeking professional help with exercise is advisable)

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Sally Dixey is a Personal Trainer in Bethnal Green @ Crossfit London