SO HERE THEY ARE! THE EVERYDAY SUPER HEROES OF 2017! THEY’RE WOMEN WITH REAL GOALS, JOBS & LIFESTYLES WHO CAME TOGETHER FOR ONE THING – TO BREAK OUT A SWEAT IN A BRA THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR THEIR BODIES.
WHILE SOME OF THE CANDIBOD FITCLUB WOMEN TOOK THEIR ADIDAS BRAS FOR A SPIN, I THOUGHT WHAT AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY IT WOULD BE TO INTRODUCE SOME OF THEM TO YOU; AND HAVE THEM SHARE THEIR STORIES, GOALS AND THEIR OWN PERSONAL MANTRA THAT ENCOURAGES THEM TO BE THEIR BEST SELF.
Full Name: Tracey-Lee Lusty
Health & Fitness goals: “After gaining over 50kgs between 2013 and 2016, I have embarked on a transformation journey to regain my health and increase my fitness levels. My long term goals include losing 54kgs over the 18 months (35kgs down so far) and competing in the WBFF South Africa Bikini and Transformation divisions in March 2018. My short term goals include trying new fitness routines, exercises and classes to broaden my fitness knowledge and learn to appreciate exercise as a way of life and not as punishment for exceeding the “feed” limit ;)”
Adidas Bra Experience: “I absolutely love my blue CMMTTD CHILL Bra!!! It’s super high support which means I can wear it for every type of exercise I choose to do. It’s really comfortable and holds the girls in nice and tight which is really important for the kind of training I do on a day to day basis (HIIT and weight training). If I could buy one in every colour I so totally would!”
Full Name: Amber Abrahams
Occupation: Psychology student at Stellenbosch University & part-time wellness blogger.
Health & Fitness Goals: “I used to focus on my physical appearance and results as a measure of my progress, whereas now I work towards internal changes which make me feel overall healthier and more energized! I try to simply apply the philosophy ‘listen to your body’ and this helps me know how hard to push myself in a day with my training, as well as what nutrients to feed my body.”
Adidas Bra Experience: “I have always struggled with sports bras as I have a small chest and not much need for support. The Adidas bra I was given to wear was an exciting change for me because it perked up the girls just enough for me to feel feminine and confident at the gym. I have been used to sports bras making my chest appear even more flat than it already is, although the Adidas bra gave me a comfortable and super flattering fit.”
Full Name: Joëlle Davidson
Occupation: Account Manager at Meltwater
Health & Fitness Goals: “To run my first 10km and do a full push up – I’m working on my overall strength, physically and mentally.”
Adidas Bra Experience: “I felt so empowered in how natural wearing my Adidas sports bra felt.
Most sports bras I have are either too tight or just not enough which always makes me very aware of the sports bra, where it is sitting, etc. With my Adidas sports bra, the hug is just right allowing me to move more and fuss less.”
Full Name: Tegan Smith
Health & Fitness Goals: “I would like to run my first 10km race by the end of the year.”
Adidas Bra Experience: “Having a bigger bust and small waist, I battle to find a) A bra that fits tight on my waist and covers the bust (without muffin topping on the sides?!) and b) One that supports me when I run. In the past I have had to wear two running bras OR my normal bra underneath a running bra just to have the support I needed.
The Adidas running bra supportive and is comfortable to wear. The straps are perfectly thick enough to support me and not “dig into” my shoulders (I found this as another challenge when finding a good sports bra). The bra has the perfect balance between looking trendy AND being supportive – which, for me, is a very rare find in sports bras.”
Full name: Julia Green
Occupation: Primary school teacher
Health & Fitness Goals: “I want to be able to run a half marathon again, within the year, and I want to celebrate my body’s accomplishments, rather than its appearance.”
Adidas Bra Experience: “As a rather busty woman, running without the right bra can be uncomfortable. When I run, I want a bra that ‘smooshes’ everything down, and keeps it there – when in profile, I want people to wonder where my boobs have gone.
The Adidas running bra does just this for me: it offers me all of the support that could need, and does so without digging into my skin and leaving any judgemental pink lines around my bust or shoulders.
It flattens my chest (as much as possible) and keeps everything in on place, making running so much more comfortable. Plus, who doesn’t feel more motivated to work out when you have some of the best-looking workout gear around?”
Full Name: Melissa Jane Swanepoel
Occupation: Graphic Designer, Freelancer & Waitress
Health & Fitness Goals: “I would love to be lean toned, maintain a healthy lifestyle not just with exercise but nourishing my soul and body with the right foods.”
Adidas Bra Experience: “I absolutely love my Adidas bra! Not only does it look sporty and suits my style, its also comfortably supportive. Most other gym bra’s dont give me the proper support, I always have to adjust it to feel comfortable”
Full Name: Simone Munnik
Occupation: IT administrator, Freelance Copywriter, Fashion & Beauty Blogger
Health & Fitness Goals: “My goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle instead of always looking for a quick fix. I want to create a fitness routine that will compliment my lifestyle as well as maintain healthier eating habits that adhere to my body. I love being a curvy woman, so I ultimately just want to shed a few kg and tone up my body. I am all about long term goals that I can carry throughout my life. I enjoy running, especially on the open road, so my goal is to improve on my form, posture and endurance.”
Adidas Bra Experience: “To be honest, this was my first experience wearing a professional sports bra. I have always gone for the affordable options that have caused discomfort when training. I wore the white Adidas sports bra on Friday morning and didn’t take it off the entire day. I even forgot that I was wearing it. That’s how comfortable it is.
I then did a slight jog on the Saturday and was pleasantly surprised at the comfort while jogging and the best part being that, my lady bits did not move at all. This is very important to me. I have been spoilt by quality and refuse to wear anything else.”
Full Name: Stephanie Papini
Occupation: Freelance photographer, Videographer & Pilates instructor in training
Health & Fitness Goals: “To be the strongest, fittest, healthiest version of myself everyday. Run a 10km at my desired pace and become a qualified Pilates instructor.”
Adidas Bra Experience: “When I shop for a sports bra, 3 things must happen: support, comfort and style. I don’t know about you but being a “busty” girl with a small(er) waist always meant shopping for the right sports bra was an impossible task! I would never find my size in a cute bra that I saw so many other ladies wearing. I envied them because my bras always seemed so out dated – as if they were something that should be hidden in the back of your cupboard instead of worn around with cute leggings.
Insert Candice and her Adidas life savor! When I first eyed out this black bra, I thought “Wow that’s beautiful but there is NO WAY this thing will fit me properly”. Best believe, I put it on and didn’t take it off until I had too! What I love about this bra is that it fits me properly, it’s comfortable, very supportive and it’s super flattering for a busty girl.”
Full Name: Caitlin (Caity) Elizabeth Evlambiou
Occupation: Team leader for a debt rehab company
Health & Fitness Goals: “Just be healthy physically and mentally and exercise really helps me with both. I recently turned to running which I’ve really enjoyed so I’d really like to complete a marathon.”
Adidas Bra Experience: “It is not only super comfortable but also looks great on.”
Full Name: Wendy Vollmer
Occupation: Digital Marketing Coordinator
Health & Fitness Goals: “I always aimed to lose weight, but after recently seeing a new trainer, my mindset has shifted to realise that it’s not about dropping digits. I now want to transform my body to be stronger.
My goal is to achieve a fit body shape and I aim for constant progress. To be a stronger version of myself everyday.”
Adidas Bra Experience: “I’ve worn it while running and in the gym and has amazed me. It is the most comfy sports bra I have worn, especially the built in cups (my favorite attribute).
The crossover back straps are not only gorgeous, but provide functional support. The higher front neck is awesome, it’s definitely my favorite bra both functionally and aesthetically!”