Your sports bra - A posture prompt?

Great news! | These strappy supportive structures can help you improve your posture.

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If like me you have been wriggling, pulling and pressing yourself into sports bras for many years you will be happy to hear they can do more than just support your girls!


Let's start by defining two of the many styles of sports bras.

Racer back and shoulder strap styles.

It is the racer back I want to highlight for you as a posture prompt.

Racer back style sports bra


Almost every pt and pilates client I have ever worked with has asked me how to improve their posture.

Everyone seems to know having lovely strong stature makes us not only feel good but look confident and powerful.

An old pilates friend once told me she believes having better posture also gives the illusion of looking leaner. I agree! When your body is upright, neutral and lengthened you can't help but look fitter. You will be more open across the collar bones and your shoulders will have space between them and the ears.


So how can a racer back sports bra aid in these feelings that lead to a longer you?

When working with clients an effective personal trainer and\or pilates instructor will use verbal, visual, auditory and tactile (touching) cues. The tactile cues are the ones that your sports bra can mimic.


Try this:

Have someone you know and trust place their index finger on your upper, mid back gently between your shoulder blades. What does this naturally inspire you to do? Yes, pull your shoulder blades back towards each other and slightly down.

Now....go get your racer back sports bra on. The 'T' shape will run down between your shoulder blades on your back and touch you in the same place as your friend did, a perfect easy 'teacher' reminding you to be mindful of sliding your blades down and back.

Your sports bra can also act like the coloured sports tapes you see athletes wearing when they have an injury. The bonus is your sports bra won't stick to you and will prove much cheaper than trendy tape!


This sports bra idea is meant to remind you of great posture when you think of it, not have you sitting ram rod straight all day long. Besides you aren't going to wear a sports bra to work under your lovely clothes. Wear it for workouts, walks\jogs and perhaps for longer on the weekends when you can be in comfy clothes.

For a video on how to improve your posture with a simple standing practice press here.


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Charlene Hutsebaut

Corporate Wellness Speaker, Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Writer & Brand Ambassador, Charlene Hutsebaut, Personal Training & Wellbeing Consultancy | | @positivelyslim

Charlene Hutsebaut B.P.E., B.Ed., CSCS is a personal trainer, pilates instructor, brand ambassador, speaker and writer with over 15,000 client hours and 26 years of experience in the fitness industry. Charlene was honoured to be a Top 10 Global Finalist in the Life Fitness -Personal Trainers to Watch Competition 2015. She was the only UK woman chosen and one of only three in the top ten. The same year she was awarded a Mayor of London Volunteer Award for getting her community moving & united. In 2016 she was part of the team at Eversholt UK Rails Group to win a Vitality Insurance - Healthiest Workplace Award. In 2017 she was asked to take part in the Periscope TV Wellness Warriors Channel and was shortlisted for We Are The City Sport Award. Charlene runs her Personal Training Consultancy in London at the exclusive St. Pancras Hotel Spa and is a sought after inspirational corporate wellness speaker, creating bespoke wellness initiatives to get employees thinking about their self-care through workshops & executive senior leader programmes. She has had regular fitness columns in Passport – the inflight magazine for Monarch Airlines and Total Sports Performance. She is the fitness expert for the book The De-Stress Effect and was featured in How To Hygge. She has written for HuffPostUK, Bodyfit, Prima, FitPro, Fitness Life New Zealand and has been featured in London, Fabric, Grove, Woman, Natural Health magazines, as well as The Daily Mail and Express. | Charlene has been a brand ambassador for Huggies Diapers with Lisa Scott-Lee, Simply Great Drinks alongside UK Olympian Victoria Pendleton and TV’s Doctor Christian Jessen and most recently with Long Tall Sally & Nominou. | Find Charlene most days sharing the healthy realistic message on twitter, periscope, facebook and instagram at @positivelyslim