Find The Right Sports Bra: Size Guide

For active people, your sports bra is one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll own – so this sports bra size guide is sure to help you.

Especially if you’re entering the 2024 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, whom Intersport Elverys are proud sponsors for 20 years now.

Even if you’re not entering it and are just a casual or serious sports person, this should be seen as an important investment in comfort and support.

Look at the care and precision we put into choosing our running shoes; the same level of scrutiny and detail should be put into the choice of sports bra.

Just like you do with your leggings too, which we have prepared this Leggings Size Guide BLOG for.

sports bra size guide

It’s estimated that 80% of women are wearing the wrong type/size of sports bras which can result in breast pain, soft tissue damage, chafing among other issues.

Choosing the right sports bra is essential for women of any size, shape or activity level.  It’s important to make sure you have adequate support so you can lead an active lifestyle without unnecessary discomfort.

Read below or find our latest blog on this topic HERE

 

SUPPORT
Low Medium High
Activity Walking Road Cycling Running
Yoga Hiking Aerobics
Light gym work Active gym work Contact sports

Sports Bra Size Guide: Support

Light Support Bras

Usually, low energy activities will consist of little sweat.

Activities such as walking, yoga, or stretching would be considered low energy. For these workouts, you won’t need as much support as high energy exercises.

Choose lightweight sports bras with narrower straps and bands. An adjustable strap is not necessary for support during low energy workouts.

sports bra size guide

Medium Support Bras

These workout activities will be in between low and high energy, like gym sessions or cycling.

Just like the energy level, you’ll need a medium support sports bra to accommodate your body.

Unlike low-energy workouts, you’ll need a wider strap, and since you’ll be breaking a sweat, you need a bra that restricts breast movement more than low-support bras.

 

sports bra size guide

High Support Bras

Any high intensity activity, like running, will require a high support sports bra, as your body will constantly be in motion and you’ll need to make sure everything stays comfortably in place.

Find high support sports bras with wide bands and adjustable shoulder straps to adjust while you’re working out or after.

 

sports bra size guide

What size should I choose?

You should stick to the size that you wear in a standard bra (once you’re confident you have been fitted/measured properly).  Various brands will offer size conversions either on in-store signage or on the product packaging.

Sports Bra Size Guide: Features

Band

The main source of support comes from the band, which forms the foundation of a sports bra. The band should be snug around your rib cage, but comfortable.  If it feels too tight, it is.

If you can fit two fingers between your body and the band (but not more) that’s the sign of a good fit.

Shoulder straps should feel secure and provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down movement.

Straps that fit properly should not slip, and they should also not dig into your skin.

Adjustable straps allow you to fully customise the fit of your bra.

Closure

Some bras are pulled on over your head, some have a back closure with hooks.

Bras with back closure are easier to get on and off, and gives another option to further adjust/customise the fit.

Underwire

The benefit of underwire in a sports bra is that it supports each breast individually and can help to minimize movement.

Wicking fabrics move moisture away from your skin and keep you comfortable.

The more supportive a sports bra is, the less effective it will be at wicking away moisture because of its sturdier fabric and construction.  Look out for moisture-wicking technologies.

Strap Types

Please note, thin straps are generally easier to hide, however wider straps offer more/better support.

Tank top: This style is most similar to a “normal” bra. The straps are often adjustable so you can customise the fit.

Criss-cross: These straps cross over each other and usually provide good support. The straps are often adjustable so you customise the fit.

Racerback: Sports bras with a racerback have shoulder straps that come together between your shoulder blades to create a Y-shape. This style is more suited for medium- to high-impact activities, but they are typically not adjustable.

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Conclusion

It’s recommended that you re-assess/update your sports bra every 6 months to 12 months as over time the fibers, elastic and other components weaken, which compromises support.

More even more content that could benefit the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in 2022, check out our Running Shoe Size Guide. 

Shop our entire range of sports bras HERE


Your Go-To Shoe Size Guide

We know buying shoes online can be difficult in getting your perfect size – this Shoe Size Guide is here to help!

With the 2024VHI Women’s Mini Marathon just around the corner, it is even more important too!

For the last 20 years we have been offering unique product, advice and benefits to marathon participants. 

 

We’ve got brands  like Nike, adidas, Puma, Brooks, ASICS, Reebok, Skechers, North Face, HOKA and Merrell.

If you’re thinking of taking up running for the event, this might be for you?

Because of this, we’ve compiled a comprehensive Running Shoe Review for 2024 with all the best makes and models you can get!

So, to take the hassle out of your online shopping, we’ve compiled a lost of all the leading brands below.

 

Shoe Size Guide: NIKE

Brooks and Nike tend to be slightly broader in comparison to Asics and Adidas.

Check out our full range of Nike shoes right HERE:

Shoe Size Guide

Shoe Size Guide: ADIDAS

You can’t beat a pair of adidas, to make you look good and feel good.

Check out our full range right HERE: 

Shoe Size Guide

Shoe Size Guide: PUMA

Puma have some of the freshest kicks around, check our full range right HERE: 

 Shoe Size Guide

Shoe Size Guide: BROOKS

Brooks are the ideal runner for every occasion, check them out HERE: 

Shoe Size Guide

Shoe Size Guide: ASICS

Packed with performance and style, ASICS running shoes have been one of the market leaders for a long time.
We’ve a fantastic range right HERE: 

REEBOK

Reebok hone in on technology, comfort and style, check out our full range HERE: 

 Shoe Size Guide

SKECHERS

Kids love Skechers, and so do we – check our full range HERE: 

Shoe Size Guide

THE NORTH FACE

If you’re into the outdoors, The North Face is sure to help you out.

Check them out HERE. 

 Shoe Size Guide

MERRELL

For all your outdoor need, check them out HERE: 

Shoe Size Guide

Conclusion

We hope this helped you out.

You might also like our blog on How to Start Running: The Beginners Guide

Find our extensive footwear selection on our website HERE.


Selecting The Correct Tennis Racket: Size Guide

It’s vital that you select a tennis racket which suits your game – so this tennis racket size guide is here to help.

At Intersport Elverys, we have a great selection of tennis rackets to buy , however,  it’s important to do your research before you buy.

Take a look below where we’ve outlined some of the main elements that you need to take into consideration when you’re purchasing a tennis racket.

Tennis Racket Size Guide: Choosing The Correct Racket

Ultimate Control Racket

  • Small head/heavy weight/thin beam for a long or fast swing
  • Head size range – 98 sq in and below.
  • Weight range – 300g – 340g
  • Beam width range – 22mm or less
  • Suitable for advanced players or powerful intermediates players.

Power Control Racket

  • Over sized head/lightweight/tick beam for a medium to full swing
  • Head size range – 90 sq in – 102 SQ in
  • Weight range – 280g – 300g
  • Beam width range – 22mm or 22mm
  • Suitable for all player types – this racket has a good mix of power and control. Ideal first adult racket and a physically strong beginner.

Light-Weight Racket

  • Over sized power racket for a compact swing
  • Head size range – 102 sq in – 110 SQ in
  • Weight range – 225g – 280g
  • Beam width range – 25mm or 28mm
  • Suitable for Beginners and intermediates especially those who are not physically strong
  • Not suitable for physically strong players or very young players.

In this blog, we have reviewed some of our Most Popular Tennis Rackets to make sure you know what one to buy.

Tennis Racket Size Guide: Grips

tennis racket size guide

tennis racket size guide

Tennis Racket Size Guide: Kids 10 Years and Younger

3 stages: Red, Orange and green.

Kids are given all the tools to succeed at this sport, with smaller courts, properly sized tennis rackets and tennis balls designed to be played at a slower speeds to help kids learn and grow into the game as they get older.

tennis racket size guide

Types of Tennis Balls

Pressurized ball

This is a tournament ball and is used by advanced and professionals players, these are one the most common used.

The internal air pressure gives a greater bounce, speed and spin, which fades quite quickly over time.

A study found that the life span of pressurized balls only lasts for 2 weeks.

Pressure less ball

Generally used for beginners, practice and recreational play.

Bounces from the rubber shell, not the air inside means they wont lose their bounce like standards ball, in fact they actually gain bounce as the outer felt begins to fade. The only con is, some players find this ball to be heavier to play with.

Conclusion

Here at Intersport Elverys we have a fantastic range of products from a wide range of sports. Find our Tennis section HERE.

tennis racket size guide


Finding the Best Swimming Gear for Kids

Are you taking the plunge (like that? ) with your kids and introducing them to swimming lessons? Or are they more accomplished in the discipline but you’re looking for some new swimming gear for kids?

Well Intersport Elverys has all the best products for all levels and ages of swimmers, from the best brands in the business.

We’ve got large ranges of swimsuits and trunks, swim caps, goggles, nose plugs, socks and other accessories.

So keep reading to make sure your kids are ready for the water before they make the jump!

Or if they’d like to go Sea Swimming, check out our Blog on Sea Swimming Right HERE.

Essential Swimming Gear for Kids

First things first, no swim can happen without some trucks or a swimsuit!

It’s an essential piece of swimming gear for kids.

For boys, swimsuits like the Speedo Endurance Jammer Boys, the Nike Boys 4 Volley Shorts in blue, or the Speedo Tommy Turtle Place Aquashort are proving really popular.

While for girls, it’s definitely worth considering the Speedo Koko Koala Swim Top & Short combo, the adidas Girls BOS Suit in Black or the Speedo Boom Logo Allover Tankini.

Check them out below

swimming gear for kids

swimming gear for kids

Best Swim Cap for Kids

Most pools won’t allow anyone enter the pool without a swimming cap now.

But they are also essential for keeping your kids safe and protected while in the water.

Swimming caps will keep their hair out of their face, keep it drier while also protecting it from the chemicals in the pool water. Not to mention keeping water and bacteria out of their ears.

And for those competitive swimmers, it will also make them faster from a hydrodynamic purpose.

Some of our favourites include the Speedo Silicone Junior Swim Cap in Black, the Nike Solid Silicone Youth in Blue or the Speedo Long Hair Cap.

swimming gear for kids

Essential Swimming Gear for Kids: Googles

Goggles are great in helping your child feel more comfortable in the water and to help in their swimming lessons.

As your child gets older and progresses in swimming, goggles can be key in playing an important part in allowing them to do this in utmost comfort.

And don’t forget, if your child wears glasses, they may also need goggles or even prescription goggles, which are available to purchase via your optician.

We’ve an incredible range – check them out below.

Or, our favourites include the Speedo Kids Vengance Mirror Goggles and the Speedo Futura Biofuse Flexiseal Junior Asso.

swimming gear for kids

Essential Swimming Gear for Kids: Socks

Swimming socks are a brilliant safety measure to ensure your kids don’t slip and fall in and around the pool and changing rooms.

If you’re swimming outside, they will also protect your kids’ feet from the sun, protect them from rough surfaces and getting cuts as well as keeping them warm in cold water.

Click the link below to see more.

swimming gear for kids

 

Essential Swimming Gear for Kids: Accessories

We’ve also got a complete list of accessories that will make swimming that bit more enjoyable and fun for your kids.

Little things like nose plugs, ear plugs, armbands, fins, splashball and floats will all make things that bit easier.

swimming gear for kids

 

Conclusion

We hope this blog will help you kit your kid out for their next adventure in the pool or the sea.

Don’t forget to check out our full swimming range below, where you’ll also find mens and womens products.

swimming gear for kids


Beginners Guide to Suspension Training

If you’re looking for a change up to your training schedule this New Year, suspension training might be for you.

For those who don’t know what it is, it’s basically resistance-based strength training centred around bodyweight exercises using ropes.

So remember those straps hanging from the ceilings or squats rack in the gym?

That’s them.

But another reason that makes suspension training so popular is how practical it is. Kits like TRXTraining allow you to workout wherever you at, be it at home, at work, or on the road.

Check out the video below more information on the most popular suspension training kit, TRXTraining.

Interest? Keep reading then.

What is Suspension Training

Suspension training, often referred to as TRXTraining, is resistance exercise that uses a system of ropes and cables to allow you to leverage your body weight against gravity.

Rings and TRX accessories are examples of common suspension equipment seen in gyms.

It may make any exercise more challenging by providing an unstable platform that requires more core activation. It also attempts to improve your strength, aerobic endurance, balance, coordination, and power all in one session.

Benefits of Suspension Training

TRXTraining, sometimes known as suspension training, is an exercise regimen that has been demonstrated to increase total body strength, stability, and cardiovascular health. This is accomplished without the use of typical weight lifting, kettlebell swinging, or lifting semi-truck tires.

Suspension training advocates claim that it improves core body strength as well as joint and muscular stability, lowering the risk of injury.

Here are 8 benefits in short.

  • Strengthens the core
  • Strengthens the body’s functional strength, agility, and power.
  • Over 50 exercises can be done
  • Portable/Easy set up can adapt to various fitness levels
  • It’s an excellent workout for seniors
  • It lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • It may help with weight loss and body composition.

How to get Started in Suspension Training

The great thing about suspension training is how simple it is to get started.
All you need is a small area of space, something to hang your kit on and a suspension training or TRXtraining kit, which is available right HERE.

Set up is simple.

Plus, there’s an array of workouts to get you started straight away.

Suspension Training Workouts for Beginners

If you’re just starting off, we recommend you keep it simple to get a feel for suspension training.

Try these basic suspension training exercises and see how you get on.

Remember, start slow and find your pace.

Plank

A great exercise to hit your core – essential for your full body.

Begin by lying on your stomach, facing away from the anchor point, and placing your toes into the foot cradles with the straps at midcalf. Back into the grips with your heels, squeeze your calves, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and core, and press into a flawlessly flat plank.

Hold for up to 30 seconds or as long as you can. Repeat for a total of three sets.

Low Row

Good for posture, hitting those strong back muscles and your arms.

You can change the intensity and difficulty of this move simply by your feet position and strap length.

With the suspension trainer shortened, stand facing the anchor point. Begin with your elbows bent at 90 degrees, the handles at your rib cage, body straight and planked. Slowly straighten your arms to lower your body, keeping your body in a straight line from head to toe and return to the start by bending the elbows.

Perform three sets of 8–10 reps.

Squat

No matter your fitness levels, the squat has massive potential for benefits.

You can improve your mobility and your ankles and hips, which will improve your everyday wellbeing, as well as building huge strength.

Stand facing the anchor point with the TRX straps adjusted to mid-length. Hold the handles in front of you with your elbows soft and take a step back until the straps are slightly tight. Lower your hips and back as low as you’re comfortable without leaning backward. Return to a standing position by squeezing your glutes.

Three sets of 8–10 reps are recommended.

Chest Press

Brilliant for hitting your chest muscles with a powerful pushing movement along with stabilising your core and spine.

One of the staples of suspension training.

Stand facing away from the anchor point, with the TRX straps fully stretched. Begin by standing on the balls of your feet and pressing against the strap handles with your arms extended exactly below your shoulders. Lower yourself till your elbows are roughly 90 degrees while keeping your body in a straight plank. As you push back up to the starting position, straighten your arms and support your core.

Reps should be 8–10 reps in three sets.

Lunges

Great for building leg strength and increasing your range of motion in a controlled state.

Begin by standing facing the anchor point with the straps at mid-length. Step your right leg back and bend both knees to 90 degrees while keeping a light grasp on the handles. Return to a standing position by squeezing your glutes. Repeat on the opposite side. That counts as one rep.

Three sets of 8–10 reps.

Bicep Curl

The great thing about these bicep curls is that they engage the whole body, not just the bicep.

Again, adjusting your feet will alter the difficulty.

Begin with your pinkies at your temples and elbows raised high, with the straps at mid-length. Straighten your arms while keeping your elbows raised and your body straight. Without lowering your elbows or rising your shoulders, return to the beginning position.

Three sets of 8–10 reps.

Hamstring Curls

Hamstring strength is key for powerful legs and also essential for healthy joints to influence mobility.

So ensuring they are strong and rigorous is essential.

With the straps at midcalf length, lie on your back facing the anchor point and place your heels in the foot cradles. Keep even pressure in your heels, engage your glutes and core, keep your hips lifted and drag your heels as if they were on train tracks until your knees are stacked over your hips. Return your legs to straight while maintaining a tight core.

Perform three sets of 8–10 reps.

Conclusion

Keep an eye on our blog for even more content on suspension training workouts and advice.

We’ve also got some other great homework content, like Bundee Aki’s favourite Resistance Bands excercises. Or, our Yoga Expert Roberta Harrington has some Basic Yoga Poses for Beginners.

We’ve got some of the leading Home Gym products to help you get started right HERE.

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At Home Resistance Band Workout with Bundee Aki

Bundee Aki is a big fan of resistance bands and he’s going to show us his favourite at home resistance band workout exercises.

Resistance bands are incredibly practical and allow you to do a workout pretty much anywhere.

So why not try out these simple exercises next time you’re at home or in the gym – get them HERE: 

 

At Home Resistance Band Workout: Bicep Curl

“Benefits of a bicep curl I find is that it helps me develop my lower and upper arm strength and also helps me with my rugby when I go into contact and I am holding the rugby ball as hard as I can or as tight as I can so people don’t strip it off me.

“Résistance bands work for warm up and and a workout as well when you’re doing a bicep curl.”

Instructions

  1. Place yourself in the middle of a resistance band. Place the central piece of your resistance band on the floor while holding the ends. Step one foot onto the band, so the band is in the centre of your foot. Then, with your feet shoulder-width apart, place your other foot on the resistance band. Ensure that the band does not shift and that your feet are at ease.
  2. Hold the resistance band’s ends in your hands. While performing your workout, stand with your back straight and your eyes forward. Maintain a straight line with your arms at your sides, palms facing inward. Maintain a modest amount of tension between your hands and feet by holding the band. Some resistance bands incorporate handles to make them easier to grip. Otherwise, grab them and squeeze them as tightly as possible.at home resistance band workout
  3. Hold your curl for 2-3 counts by bending your elbows. Raise your hands to stretch and tighten the ends of the resistance band. To avoid the bands snapping or slipping, use a slow, controlled motion. To work your muscles, bring your hands in front of your shoulders and flex your biceps for 1-2 seconds.
    Hold dumbbells in addition to the resistance band to make your curl more difficult. You can raise both arms at the same time or alternate arms with each curl.
  4. To finish your rep, slowly lower your arms. Straighten your arms out again at the same regulated speed after you’ve finished counting. If you let go of the bands as you lower your arms, you risk injuring yourself. Rest for 1 count after your hands are at your sides and the resistance band feels loose again before continuing your reps.
    During your workout sessions, do 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps. During your curl, don’t lift your feet since the resistance band may shatter and injure you.

At Home Resistance Band Workout: Tricep Extension

“The difference between doing a bicep curl is obviously working the front muscle of your arm. When you’re doing a tricep extension, it’s working that muscle on the back of your arm.

“You can also do an overheard extension, which also hits the back of the arm but isolates the muscle a bit more because you’re trying to stay still.”

Instructions

  1. Attach a substantial item above your head, such as a door jamb, to which you can safely attach an exercise band. With your elbows bent and by your side, grab the band’s ends. Straighten your elbows while tucking them into your sides. Return to the starting position slowly. Repeat.at home resistance band workout
  2. Only move your elbow. Make no movements with your waist, shoulders, or back. Maintain good balance and form by contracting your abdominals.

At Home Resistance Band Workout: Band Pull

“There is a lot of benefits you can get out of a pull apart band resistance.

“It helps with your strength, as well as your back and your shoulders. It’s a good exercise to warm up and also a good workout to get the upper body ready for a big session.”

at home resistance band workout

Instructions

  1. Hold an exercise band out in front of you at roughly chest height while standing up straight. Hands should be at least shoulder width apart. Then, pressing your shoulder blades together, pull the band apart. Then go back to where you started. Try to complete 30 per day. If your band’s resistance is too easy or too difficult, you can adjust it. Only move your elbow. Make no movements with your waist, shoulders, or back. Maintain good balance and form by contracting your abdominals.

 

If you liked Bundee Aki’s workout, why not check out 5 of the Best Weight Training Exercises for Women, with out other brand ambassador, Rianna Jarrett.

We’ve also got a top range of Home Gym equipment available HERE.

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