My Ultimate Gym Bra.

Over the last few weeks I have been looking at the performance of the Ultimate Gym bra by Shock absorber. I have been testing out how well it works under the pressure of CrossFit training.
Previously I explained my bad habit of just buying any old cheap bra because I could get away with it, due to my small lady lumps.  I thought a sports bra was just a sports bra. I now know differently and with my hand on heart am 100% a shock absorber type of gal.
So six weeks after trying on my Ultimate Gym bra, what have I noticed?
On a comfort scale shock absorber have got it sorted. It is a tough balance to get right and they have got it spot on. Comfort and support without feeling like the bra has been strapped on for dear life or squeezing the life out of me. On more then one occasion I have worn my ultimate bra for the whole day and did not even notice.
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Style and taste scored well as there was enough of the bra to keep modest while training with no vest on (it is not all about men taking there tops off anymore) while retaining a little femininity.
Without a shadow of a doubt this bra smashed the boundries as far as performance under stress is concerned. From box jumps to handstands, double unders to kipping the Ulitimate gym bra did not let me down.
The one fault I found related to strength training, namely back squat and bench press.
The fault lies with the rubber attached to the back straps.
When performing a back squat I found the Olympic bar caused the straps to dig into my back. This created discomfort and redness.
This was also felt when laying on the bench performing a bench press.
I did report this back to Shock Absorber to which they had this to say;:
“Our wearers are really important to us at Shock Absorber and we rely on their feedback for future product development.
We value the time you have taken to both trial, and feedback, on our new Gym bra and your suggestions for improvement have been passed on to our design team”
“We plan to introduce a padded hook and eye to the GYM bra this year which we believe is a great improvement, making this bra even more suitable for workouts.”
It looks like this won’t be a problem for much longer, nice one Shock Absorber.
They seem  switched on to the market and commited to giving us the best product for the job.
I can not wait to see what they have to offer next.
Sally Dixey is a CrossFit London personal trainer in East London.
For CrossFit training, pre and post natal fitness contact Sally on sally@crossfitlondonuk.com

Salt – To add or not?

Salt gets a bad rap.
We blame it for an array of diseases and aliments, from high blood pressure to autoimmune disease.
Whilst I fully agree excessive salt is no good I want to show a positive side to salt and how in careful amounts it can be added to home-cooked weaning foods.
As parents it is something you are advised by your health care professional along with numerous weaning books, not to add salt to your baby’s food until reaching at least 12 months old. Even then you are advised to add very sparingly.
I  spoke to my usual go-to person, Auntie Mary, on this subject. Her childrearing time was  pre-baby food ranges  and before many of today’s do’s and don’ts were introduced. She told me how she used  Oxo cubes to add flavour.  This prompted me to look into this in greater detail.
Salt is an  essential mineral, meaning it is necessary to sustain optimal health.
It supports enzyme function, hormone production, transport of energy and protein, to mention just a few. During pregnancy it becomes even more important as it now has to support the growth of both baby and mother.
In pregnancy, salt is responsible for :
⦁ supporting the development of brain cells, respiratory, nervous and cardio system.
⦁ metabolic function.
⦁ birth weight.
The baby gets their salt from the mother’s diet,  just as they do with all the other vitamins,  and minerals.
This continues during the nursing/breast feeding period and will support the quality of milk produced. For formula-fed babies, products will contain the correct levels.
Salt has such a vital role in a baby’s development that in premature babies it is given as a supplement.
If salt is so crucial why do we advise adding NO salt to weaning foods?
If I reflect on the way I salt my own food I probably can from time to time be a bit heavy handed, but does the recommendation of NO salt  fix the possibility of excessive salt added by a heavy handed, busy and  stressed-out Mum?
 Are we so afraid of salt in adulthood that  we are afraid to include a healthy amount to our childrens’ food.
Not everyone has time to spend making home-cooked meals. So in an age of convenience and processed food, salt levels could already be too high.
Until looking further into this subject I, like you, followed guidelines and kept salt out of my son’s food. Now he is 18 months I am adding a little. I don’t measure out how much I use but instead  rely on my instincts and taste. I try to make the food slightly salty without being overly salted.
If I had to do it again would I change this?
Yes, now I have a greater understanding of the role salt has to play I would start adding salt from the weaning stage.  I home cooked 100% of his meals which  gave me absolute control over what he ate. In my view this is the only way you can be assured they get exactly what they need. Including a healthy salt in take. If I could not cook all of his meals from scratch I would definately be reading all the labels very closely.
If you are still not convinced of salts important role, between 1984-1991 a  law suit awarded  $27 million to two familes. They blamed the chloride-deficient formula for their children not reaching their full intellectual potential and poor health. Whilst this is on the more extreme side of the salt debate but relevant nonetheless.
Has this changed the way you feel toward the weaning period? Tell me your thoughts.
Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Coach in East London.
For Pregnancy and Post natal fitness and recovery consultations contact Sally on sally@crossfitlondonuk.com

Post-Natal Recovery – harder than it has to be

The English are typically known to love a queue, have a stiff upper lip and can’t stop moaning about the National Health Service.

Whilst I think the NHS is an amazing resource to have with amazingly hard working people who work within it, there is an area where I believe much could be improved.

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