Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Six things we have learned from sports bra research By Derriere Equestrian

Six things we have learned from sports bra researchBy Derriere Equestrian

Comfort and fit are key for mature women
A brand new (2018) study published in Ergonomics found that age and body mass index significantly affect breast characteristics, tallying with a previous study in the 2014 European Journal of Ageing that found that bras have a ‘social role’, in terms of one’s body perception and self-esteem. Just 7 % of the ‘mature’ women (45-65 years old) surveyed were ‘still proud of their breasts’. Of primary importance to those ‘mature’ participants included areas such as comfort, the bra's ability to stay in place, and optimal fit.

Comfortable straps are preferable, during exercise
A 2015 study published in Sports Medicine looked at bra strap width, finding that thinner straps offered least support, and the most amount of pressure.

Bigger boobs jiggle more (quelle surprise!)
A study published in Applied Ergonomics in 2013 studied what’s described as ‘bra-breast forces’ in women with large breasts while standing and running. Unsurprisingly, bigger boobs caused more ‘vertical breast displacement’. (That’s jiggle, to the rest of us). The researchers advised wearing sports bras with ‘high levels of breast support [during] physical activity [via a sports bra], to reduce force generation and breast discomfort’.

Elevation and compression boots comfort
A 2010 study published in Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise looked at bra design, concluding that elevation AND compression of the breasts is preferable to increase breast and bra comfort, when compared with a standard encapsulation sports bra. The team stated: ‘Exercise-induced breast discomfort was achieved through greater breast elevation and compression, with no increase in vertical breast displacement (jiggle!) [when the breasts were elevated].’

Compression bras aren’t necessarily comfortable for non-exercise situations
They’re not for everyone, but compression bras CAN work well for women with smaller breasts. A 2016 study published in Ergonomics found that, of the women studied, who were of Chinese origin (Chinese women average a 34B or 34A size), compression sports bra provided more ‘comfortable support’ than encapsulation sports bras, which give more separation and elevation. However, when the wearers were stationary, the compression bras were found to be more uncomfortable.

The majority of female sporting enthusiasts seemingly experience bra-fit issues
A study relating to participants in the 2012 London marathon published in the Journal of Sports Sciences found that three-quarter of participants reported bra fit issues, e.g. chaffing and shoulder straps digging in, with a higher incidence of issues reported by participants with larger breasts.

Naturally, Derriere Equestrian has taken all of the industry’s research into consideration with the design of our Sportief Bra, which boasts:

A fusion of encapsulation and compression in the sports bra, which is designed for horse riders.

An exclusive (non-underwired) cupping system designed to lift, separate, shape and support the rider’s breasts.

Shoulder straps featuring a padded support system.

An item that’s comfortable and flattering under clothes, both on and off the horse, and both in and out of the gym.

A wide range of sports bra sizes, with an enhanced ‘plus’ range coming soon.

Monday, 31 December 2018

As December draws to a close and the New Year starts afresh, 
we bid farewell to this years festivities and share with you our final Christmas tune of 2018!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Everywhere you go.
Take a look at my Derriere, breeches fitting with form and flair.
No seam-lines, that I know.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Decked in my Sportief Bra.
But the prettiest sight of course, me riding in comfort upon my horse.
Shoulders back, I’ll go far!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Soon the unwrapping will commence.
And the thing that will give me glee, Padded Panties under my tree.
I’ll be comfortably clearing that fence!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Derriere’s are my gifts this year.
Now in comfort, I’m right on course; take sitting trot again with my horse.

No more chaffing upon my rear!

Fairytale of New Pants (To the tune of Fairytale of New York)

Fairytale of New Pants 

(To the tune of Fairytale of New York)

It was Christmas Eve babe.
At the stable yard.
My husband looked at me. 
Pulling uncomfy undies from my rear.
And then he winked at me.
Said: ‘Performance Panties under the tree!’
I turned my face to him;
And dreamed about them.

I’ll be lucky this year.
With Derrieres on my rear.
I’m excited…
There’s a pair beneath my tree.
So Happy Christmas,
I love you baby,
If you’ve bought me Derrieres,
My dreams will come true.

When you’re up at the yard,
Wear great undies I’m told.
As the wind goes right through you,
It's no place for the old.
Performance Panty’s ideal,
For a cold Christmas Eve.
They promise, no seam-lines,
Are waiting for me.

They’re so handsome!
So pretty.
From stable to city.
Performance Panties
Mean riding is comfort once more!
Through my half pass I’m swinging,
In my travers, I’m singing,
I can halt at the corner
Leg yield to the right.
The yard girls, tanked up on snowballs with gin,
are singing ‘Galway Bay’,
And in lovely Derrieres, I’ll stay.

No sore bum! No sore junk. That high jump, I’ll slam-dunk.With the Padded Support System, I’m feeling fine.Padded Panty, no banter, As I go for a canter.Say goodbye, old grey undies, Pray god it's our last. Yard manager, serenading with Prosecco and Pimms, now singing ‘Galway Bay’. And the bells are ringing out For Christmas day!

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Derriere Christmas Tunes Continue Until 31st December! Daisy the dressage rider

Derriere Christmas Tunes Continue Until 31st December! 
Keep them coming .......

Daisy the dressage rider 
(To the tune of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer)

Daisy the dressage rider.
Had some very rosy cheeks.
And if you ever saw them,
You would wonder what she seeks.

All of the other riders,
Wondered why she often blushed.
Through her dressage tests and practice,
Daisy cut it short and rushed.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say:
"Daisy, with your cheeks so bright,
Try Derriere’s Sportief Bra tonight.”
Then her boobs they stopped jiggling;
And she shouted out with glee:
"No bouncing with my Sportief Bra;
It’ll go down in history!"

All I want for Christmas; pants from Derriere!

All I want for Christmas; pants from Derriere!
(To the tune of All I want for Christmas)

As a man, don’t crave at Christmas,
There is just one thing I need.
Derriere Performance Shorty,
Underneath the Christmas tree.

I don't need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace.
Derrieres would make me happy,
Comfort in my posterior place!

I just want them for my own.
More than you could ever know
Showing that you care…
All I want for Christmas,
Pants from Derriere!

I won't ask for much this Christmas
Horses are a drag in snow.
But riding in the Performance Shorty,
Up the centre line I’d go.

For a gift I’d love to send it,
To Saint Nick on Christmas Day.
Sure he’d love the Padded Shorties,
Sitting in comfort on his sleigh.

'Cause I just want them here tonight.
Holding my derriere, so right.
No seams are seen there,
All I want for Christmas,
Pants from Derriere!

Ode to jiggly boobs (To the tune of Jingle Bells)

Ode to jiggly boobs (To the tune of Jingle Bells)

Jiggly boobs, jiggly boobs,
Jiggle all the way.
Wish it were more fun to ride,
But my boobs get in the way.
Jiggly boobs, jiggly boobs,
Jiggly all the way.
I could hold my shoulders high,
Sportief bra on Christmas Day!

Dashing to the yard.
I’m up there every day.
Through the fields we trudge,
Not laughing all the way.
But there’s my lovely horse.
Making spirits bright.
Although I love to ride him,
My bra straps flop to the right.

Jiggly boobs, jiggly boobs,
Jiggle all the way.
Derriere Sportief Bra please,
So my boobs in place will stay.
Jiggly boobs, jiggly boobs,
Jiggle all the way.
Oh what fun it’d be to ride,
With my boobs snug every day.

Strolling to the ring.
Sportief Bra on today.
From A to C we glide,
Shoulders back today!
Encapsulation means
My spirits are now bright.
Now I love to ride my horse,
‘Cause my bra feels oh just right.

Supported boobs, feeling great,
Comfort all the way!
Derriere Sportief Bra on,
Thoracic support today.
Hey! Lift my boobs, encapsulate,
No jiggling now, today.
Riding with my head held high
A Sportief on Christmas Day.

The hips don’t lie

The hips don’t lie

We asked British Equestrian Federation Elite recreational coach and consultant, Andrew Stennett, BHSM Cert Ed FE UKCC Level 4, to mull over the importance of a horse rider’s hips

Ah, the horse rider’s hips; one of the most important areas of the human body, for improving feel with the horse, and creating stability and strength in our lower body. Strong, mobile hips help us increase our flexibility, potentially reducing lower back pain and helping us gain control of our seat, and in turn, our aids. Believe it or not, our hips even influence our upper back and torso, in terms of how well we can extend the lumbar spine, ‘carry’ the shoulders, and maintain rein contact.

When we are riding our horse or pony, our mid-section, while strong, ideally ‘softens’ and follows the motion of the horse - as the horse’s body rises and falls and swings laterally, our hips rise and rotate with its motion. In turn, our legs should automatically adjust and absorb the movement as the hip and pelvic area ‘softens’, while staying strong. As the horse's hip lowers, our corresponding hip also lowers, and as the horse's hip raises, our same hip also raises. What we’re aiming for as riders, on the flat at least, is to rotate the pelvis downwards, so we’re extending the lumbar spine. This all sounds great in practice - but in reality, many horse riders have quite tight hip flexors, the muscles around the top of the thighs that connect the upper leg to the hip, allowing us to bend at the waist, and raise our legs. (Remember the riding school exercises - ‘knees up, out, back and down’? It’s the hip flexors that this excellent exercise aims to improve and mobilise.)

Hippy, hippy shake

It would be easy to assume that elite horse riders, notably those undertaking lots of flatwork and dressage, have strong and mobile hip flexors - but that’s not strictly true. Those with strong and mobile hips are very likely to undertake specific mobilising and stretching exercises regularly - as horse riding alone may not be enough. “It is no secret that a rider like Charlotte Dujardin works hard to ensure she has a strong yet supple body, which allows her to relax in the saddle while maintaining the correct position. She can balance while remaining relaxed, thanks to strong core muscles and flexible hip joints, which in turn allow her to follow her horse’s movements,” explains the Equicise team at Wimbledon Village Stables.

So, what can we do to improve hip flexibility and mobility? There are some key Pilates-based exercises and stretches that may help, based on the Equipilates™ method. (Click HERE for info). There are also many class-based exercises we can do, such as Yoga and Pilates, and all-manner of strengthening exercises that improve core strength and pelvic/hip mobility; these will all benefit the body’s ability to increase flexibility. In fact, any regular exercise like walking, swimming and cycling will help our riding fitness. Remember to equip yourself with some comfy, supportive riding underwear - the Derriere Equestrian range, featuring the DE Performance Padded Shorty and the Performance Seamless Shorty, is designed for both men and women.

Andrew Stennett is a registered instructor, NVQ/UKCC Assessor & Verifier, and BEF Elite Recreational Coach. Andrew runs riding clinics from his base at Grove House Stables. You can find Andrew on Facebook.