User Archives: Wendy

  • The Truth Behind This Flower Power Blogger

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Wendy

    I own a company that sells fitness apparel, how did I get into this business?  It's not for my love of fitness, I can tell you that straight up.  In fact, while I do exercise on a regular basis I am far from a fitness addict.  Those endorphins you hear about have just never impacted me I guess.  I force myself to workout and dread it almost everyday.  I make my friends workout with me, mostly because without them I would be bored to tears and bail as soon as something became even somewhat strenuous. I thought owning a fitness apparel company would make me passionate about exercise, nope, hasn't happened.  I do look awfully cute when I workout though {minus the bright red face} and I've got more sports bras than the average girl and they all hold my girls in place while I sweat.

    The items I carry on the site are ones that I would truly workout in, every item on here is tried and true.  If I haven't tried it, my girlfriends have {for example my D cups will not work in the Handful bra} or my sister has tested out the plus size goods for me. In fact many of the photos on the site are of my girlfriends and my sister is in a few shots as well.

    One of the features on the site is the blog.  As you can see I haven't blogged in over seven months.  I guess you just get caught up in work, family, and everyday life to keep up with the blogging aspect.  My SEO guy tells me he can have someone write blog posts for me... I can't go there.  A year or two ago I agreed to that, once, just once.  The writer submitted the post to me and it was all about the correct running shoe and to check out our selection.  I informed her {not so nicely} that we did not carry running shoes!  What the?  So, I have not hired a writer for the blog, and have dropped the ball myself.  However, today is the day, I will start blogging on here.  I will plug the site, of course, that is the mission after all.  But in order to have anything interesting to say I'm just going to start rambling about what I'm interested in.

    First topic... I am now 40 and intend to get serious about my health. I have two daughters and want to be able to keep up with them and live a long and healthy life so I can enjoy them as long as possible. In the past year I have lost about 15 pounds and am now about 4 pounds away from what I lied to the DMV about on my drivers license.  I'm hoping by the end of next month to be truthful on my license, but not for too long, I'd love to drop well below that number. We've got a wedding in the family coming up in a little under two months, so it's time to get serious! I will not be in a zillion photos and be embarrassed, I already bought a killer dress that is just a smidge too small.  I WILL rock this dress in less than two months, and I WILL be slimmer and toner. Let the journey begin...

    -Wendy


    This post was posted in Lifestyle, Just for Grins

  • New Year's Resolution Time Again

    Posted on January 4, 2013 by Wendy

    Well it's that time of year again, New Year's Resolution time.  We all get excited about a fresh start and losing the weight gained from the constant grazing of the holidays.  I for one have gained at least 3 pounds and that's if I weigh myself naked and first thing in the morning, so it's time to get serious.  What better than some fresh workout gear to get you excited about getting moving again?  I'm thinking a sale might be in order... all in agreeance?  Yes, I thought you'd agree.  So all you ladies looking to start the year off right, I've put everything on the site on sale, yes, EVERYTHING!  Just use the coupon code 2013 and it will take 15% off your entire order {including clearance items}, January 4th-7th!  We've got all the best brands; Enell, CW-X, Kangoo Jumps, Moving Comfort, Shock Absorber, Anita, A Big Attitude, Handful and more.  Happy New Year and happy shopping!


    This post was posted in Products, Lifestyle and was tagged with shock absorber, A Big Attitude, Enell, Sale, Moving Comfort, Anita

  • Products Made by Women for Women

    Posted on August 2, 2012 by Wendy

    As a female owned company at Ladies Only Sports we not only hand pick every product we carry, test it {one of the perks of being in the biz} but we also pride ourselves on carrying product made by other female owned companies. You can always tell when something has been designed by a woman; it fits the curves, has give in the right places, and has function along with fashion. After all, women know the female body the best. Some of our best sellers are products from female owned manufacturers…
    The Handful Bra was created by a fitness enthusiast, Jennifer Ferguson, in Portland, Oregon. Jennifer was an exercise instructor who had searched in vain for years for the perfect sports bra before she finally deciding to develop one herself. Turned out to be a good move, Handful is one of our more popular sports bras {and soon to be tanks} here at LOS. The Handful Bra is even an approved mastectomy bra, supporting breast cancer survivors during treatment and their return to good health and fitness. Check out our Handful selection at LOS.
    Enell Sports Bras were developed by Renelle Braaten out of her own frustration as well. As a well-endowed {self described} woman and avid volleyball player she found the only way she could get support was by wearing two bras. Not comfortable or practical. With the help of her mother’s sewing abilities they came up with what is now the perfect bra for busty women. Oprah of course blew the top off the place when she declared the Enell Sports bra one of her favorite things. For busty gals there is no other like the Enell to hold the girls in place.

    Smarty Pants, the underwear for active women, is a great alternative to thongs or panties. If you are tired of wedgies or the damage a thong can do to the lady bits then Smarty Pants is a perfect solution. Developed by Korrine Fitz, Smarty Pants is a bike short type design of a thin technical fabric that can be worn under any sports garment {or any garment for that matter}, it doesn’t ride up and eliminates the dreaded pantyline.
    Skirt Sports, was started by triathlete Nicole DeBoom, who wanted to compete in something that looked feminine, but still had all the function of a sport short. With that Skirt Sports was born in 2003. Nicole was the first to bring skirts to the sports apparel industry. Now many athletes are donning her brilliant designs, many of which are outfitted with a compression type short beneath the skirt. Styles range from a sports dress, golf regulation length skirt, gym skirt, and even a skirt with capris beneath it. And did I mention they are out of Boulder? Everything to come out of Boulder is cool, right?

    Katie Kozloff came up with the idea for Taffy while she was working as a personal trainer at a local Philadelphia gym. She noticed that the larger women that frequented the gym were wearing baggy t-shirts and unflattering sweatpants to work out. Katie did some research and found there are some options for workout clothing for plus-size women, but much of what was available was not stylish, flattering or attractive. Katie realized there was a need for stylish activewear for curvier women. As a result, Katie created Taffy, a new line of yoga and activewear designed specifically for women size 14 – 24. Katie’s goal is to help plus-size women feel confident about the way they look in activewear, so that whatever their goal, they will lead healthier, more active lives. All Taffy pieces are cut to fit and flatter curvier shapes, and are super comfortable, yet hold their shape.
    Cynthia Tivers was a visionary for plus size women’s clothing. She realized that women that were larger than size 12 still wanted the support of fashionable, high quality, form fitting clothes to work out in. Cynthia realized that by making clothes that made plus size women comfortable and confident it would give them the emotional boost they needed to look good while they reached their health and fitness goals. And thus A Big Attitude, or ABA as we refer to them, was born. Now it's more than a dozen years later and A Big Attitude clothing has proven its value in the spotlight. A Big Attitude has been supplying apparel for the contestants on NBC’s hit show THE BIGGEST LOSER for years now, a show that helps people all over the country aspire for a healthier lifestyle. At LOS we carry a wide range of ABA products that can help you attain your fitness goal.
    We know you have choices in where to buy your fitness wear, but know that when you shop at Ladies Only Sports we are a boutique that has truly tested and hand-picked each and every product on our website. And given the choice we always choose a small, or female owned companies over a mass manufacturer to supply us our exceptional goods. We do love a little bit of girl power!

     


    This post was posted in Products, Fashion and Style and was tagged with best sports bras, Enell sports bra, Handful bra, plus size activewear, Taffy, A Big Attitude, ABA, Smarty Pants, Skirt Sports

  • The Hand that Once Rocked the Cradle Now Lifts the Barbell – Wearing Weightlifting Gloves

    Posted on May 29, 2012 by Wendy

    It only took about 4,900 years for weightlifting to embrace women, but a much shorter time for glove makers to recognize that women need their own specific gear

    Harbinger Women's Pro-Wash & Dry weightlifting gloves

    PARKER, CO -- Weightlifting has been around for at least 5,000 years when Chinese soldiers were required to lift weights as part of their training, so the U.S. Olympic Committee tells us. And images of Greek athletes, muscles bulging as they competed in the original Olympic Games, are an indelible part of our western culture. This venerable competition survived the demise of the ancient world to rise like a phoenix and become an event at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

    It was a mere 101 years later that women weightlifters would participate for the first time in the world championships for weightlifting. US women won eight medals competing in the world championships over the years. It wasn’t until 2000 at the Olympic Games in Sydney that women weightlifters could lift for Olympic gold, however. Tara Nott, lifting in the 48kg class, was the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in her event. Cheryl Haworth, lifting in the 75 and up kg class, won a bronze medal in the Australian Olympics, lifting 258.5.

    While women weightlifters were waiting to get an Olympic event of their own, American women competed nationally in the Miss Olympia, a competition which began in 1980. Among the standards for competitors in the competition, Wikipedia tells us, was to be “fitness models for the average American woman.” Rachel McLish, the first winner of the competition, was very promotable and raised awareness of women’s weightlifting.

    But just because these women were stronger than the average female, they were not spared the sex discrimination that women in every other sport suffered on their way to the top. The International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) made several changes to the rules for female body builders in the 1990s in an attempt to feminize the sport, according to Wikipedia. Judges were told to deduct points from women who were “too big,” which meant too muscular. In 2005, the IFBB created a rule that required women to reduce their muscle mass by 20 percent in order to enter the Ms. International competition. Meantime, men’s body building rules have not changed.

    Women weightlifters have changed the sport now to be more about weight lifting and less about how they look. Originally, women competed in bikinis to show off their muscular development. Now they wear gym clothes, tee shirts and shorts and a good pair of sport shoes. As always, sport clothes and equipment makers recognized a good market when they saw it: Just as the sports bra is now available in every style and size for every activity, women weightlifting gloves have now become a staple with sports equipment purveyors.

    Until weightlifting gloves came along, lifters used straps or wraps to protect their hands and some still do. Gloves, however, offer weightlifters several benefits, according Livestrong.com. Protection is the foremost benefit because lifters who workout many hours a week can develop painful blisters and rough calluses. In addition, bars that have seen a lot of use can flake into sharp fragments causing abrasions to the hand.

    The second benefit is to the lifter’s grip which can be strengthened by the use of gloves. Gloves eliminate the sweaty grip that comes with a serious lifting workout. A good weightlifter’s glove can be easily washed and dried -- again, dealing with the sweat factor. And finally, just the act of putting on the gloves can build a lifter’s confidence as it becomes part of their pre-lifting ritual.

    Gloves for the men weightlifters have been around for a while but they don’t work well for women. According to Livestrong.com, the glove must fit snugly; having a wrinkle in the palm of the glove while lifting 150 pounds is not an option. The solution, of course, was to create weightlifting gloves specifically made for women.

    Women’s weightlifters’ gloves come in several fabrics and styles. Neoprene and leather gloves offer the best grip. Most gloves have the ends of the fingers cut off to allow for air circulation. Some gloves have an adjustable wrist band which lends additional support during lifting.

    For a women’s weightlifting glove of your own, see Ladies Only Sports line of Harbinger weightlifters’ gloves for women. We offer four models: women’s flex fit, the training grip, pro wash & dry and the power glove, all at $25 or less. Check them out at http://www.ladiesonlysports.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=weightlifting+gloves&x=0&y=0.

    Ladies Only Sports is the online source for active women, with a complete line of sports bras, workout tops and bottoms, workout gear and such accessories as jewelry, pom-poms, water bottles, heart rate monitors and pedometers. Call 877-567-5239 for complete details.

     

     

     


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  • CW-X Stands Alone in the Conditioning Sports Wear Market

    Posted on May 25, 2012 by Wendy

    The sports garments are the result of Wacoal Sport Science’s  40 plus years of experience and research in the manufacture of performance apparel

    CW-X Insulator Web Top

    PARKER, CO -- The CW-X line of conditioning apparel gives every athlete what they want most: Additional support and strengthening with less fatigue and a quicker recovery. Japan’s Wacoal Corp. entered the sports performance apparel market in Japan in 1991. Since then, it brought it CW-X Conditioning Wear to the U.S. market through its subsidiary, Wacoal Sports Science Corporation, now headquartered in New York City.

    Wacoal Corp. began manufacturing intimate apparel in Japan in 1946 under the name of a precursor corporation. With decades of experience of the human anatomy, complex fabrications and apparel design, the company was well situated to experiment with a line of apparel that would take sports clothing to a whole new level of athletic performance.

    “For 40 years, scientists at Wacoal Human Science Research Center in Kyoto, Japan have studied kinesiology, the science of human movement,” the CW-X Web site says. The heart of the Kyoto study was the electromyographical measurement of the electrical pulse activity of the muscles (muscles firing into motion).  In that time, Wacoal tested over 35,000 people and analyzed injuries related with warm-up and cool-down periods associated with various sports. Their exhaustive study of joints and muscles over time has resulted in 50 patents worldwide. The study showed that unsupported or partly supported legs both show a frequency decrease during exercise which indicates fatigue. Legs of athletes supported by CW-X showed a negligible decrease in frequency.

    A major component of the CW-X line is the Support Web which provides both muscle and joint support, according to company reports. The company has identified several secondary benefits, including increased stability and balance, greater efficiency of movement, better shock resistance in joints, decreased muscle oscillation, increased circulation and faster recovery. The bottom line for the athlete, according to company sources, is better endurance and less fatigue.

    The CW-X line includes shorts, tights, tops, socks, sports bras and something called sleeves which are supports for the calf for athletes who prefer to exercise in shorts. Each garment is designed to provide specific benefits for a particular part of the athlete’s anatomy. In support socks, for example, the use of the Support Web support the calf and arch of the foot and stabilize the ankle, reducing fatigue and speeding recovery.

    For warm weather especially, both CW-X shorts and tops contain mesh ventilation panels to let body heat escape and cool air in. Performance tops are designed with an exoskeletal support system that specifically targets the trapezius muscles and scapular bones of the upper back for better posture and more controlled arm movement. Shorts also contain a ventilator panel and are designed to support abs and lower back to strengthen the core during running, skiing or other activities.

    CW-X also has a comprehensive line of sports bras featuring the firm’s Support Web technology, including the Ultra Support Bra, the Support Bra II, the XTempo, and the VersatX Support Bra.

    Find all of the CW-X Conditioning Wear items from Ladies Only Sports at   http://www.ladiesonlysports.com/brands/cwx.html.

    Ladies Only Sports is the online source for the active woman, with a complete line of sports bras, workout tops and bottoms, plus sizes, and related gear and accessories from leading brands in the business. Call 877-567-5239 for complete details.

     

     


    This post was posted in Products and was tagged with compression wear, CW-X

  • Compression wear increases performance and improves recovery

    Posted on May 15, 2012 by Wendy

    They are not leg warmers -- they are compression calf sleeves. (Although if you find yourself in a pinch, they are fashionable enough to pass.) The latest leg accessory, compression calf sleeves, is worn to increase performance and recovery during or following a workout.

    The concept behind compression clothing is to apply the greatest amount of pressure in the part of the garment that is farthest from the heart (the ankle) and the least amount of pressure at the point closest to the heart (the calf) to create a pressure gradient across the veins. Blood circulation and blood flow is increased because of faster return of deoxygenated blood to the heart. These calf sleeves are designed at optimal compression level and any sock or sleeve that exceeds this pressure level requires physician supervision.

    Compression clothing greatly reduces concentration of lactic acid in the blood and can increase the wearer’s lactic threshold, which can ultimately lead to improved performance and leg power. Wearing compression calf sleeves also speeds up recovery time and decreases soreness after strenuous workouts.

    Compression socks are ideal for runners, cyclists and triathletes but anyone on their feet can reap the physiological benefits, particularly those who are shifting from a sedentary to active lifestyle.

    The comfort of the leg sleeves is in the breathable wicking fabric that helps the athlete to stay cool and dry as it simultaneously fends off bacteria.

    Famous wearers of the calf sleeves include long distance runner Dane Rauschenberg, triathlete Lincoln Murdoch, seasoned Iron Man Joe Bonness and former American Olympian and author of “Galloway’s Book of Running” Jeff Galloway.

    Zensah, the maker of the innovative, seamless sportswear is named after the Italian word “senza” meaning “without” because Zensah aims to free athletes from limitations through their uninhibited, cutting edge sportswear technology.

    For all of your workout apparel and gear, including a full line of compression wear, contact Ladies Only Sports at 877-567-5239 -- the best source for sports tops, bottoms, sports bras and everything for the active woman.


    This post was posted in Performance and was tagged with zensah, compression socks, compression wear

  • Fashion takes hold in fitness – the return of the skirt for the feminine workout

    Posted on May 3, 2012 by Wendy

    It's not just Gucci who's color blocking. Color blocking is trending to running wear. Color blocking’s bold colors—two or three broad bands of color—take the challenge out of keeping a feminine look while working up a sweat. In athletic wear, color blocking must maintain its low-maintenance features including straight-out-of-the-dryer ease. When a woman looks good and feels good, she’s at her best. Our top pick for spring is the pop of pink the Touring Skirt by Lole  paired with the Super Cute & Stylish Stamina Tank.

    Did we say skirt? Absolutely. As we approach the summer months, women everywhere are turning up the heat on their wardrobe and their workouts to include sport skirts. Ladies Only Sports outfits women of all sizes in workout wear including workout skirts and dresses by the brand Skirt Sports, the pioneer of feminine workout wear. Skirt Sports was born in 2004 when professional triathlete Nicole DeBoom won an Ironman wearing a homemade skirt. From there she set out to create a business of weaving fashion and performance into one flattering workout skirt style. DeBoom is on a mission to banish the boyish look and, "inspire the whole world to convert to the skirt."

    Wicking is the buzzword in workout wear—for good reason. Fabric that wicks away sweat instead of causing the material to cling and stay damp makes your exercise routine more comfortable. And it’s better for your skin. When sweat is trapped up against the skin, blemishes are significantly more likely to break out. Wearing outfits that wick allows your skin to breath. Ladies Only Sports carries a variety of sports bras, camis, T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, capris and skirts.

    The modern woman has things to do and places to be. There’s no time for a full wardrobe change between errand and elliptical{or as some of us like to say Core Power to happy hour.} Our reports indicate an increase in street wear-inspired threads in the gym. The Lole line is especially versatile.  Tuck your essential away with the Shadow Pack by Nathan, the lightweight waist pack that has just enough room for a cell phone, ID, credit card and a lip balm.

    Just for fun, Ladies Only Sport added whimsical runner charms to our arsenal of accessories. Styles include plenty of sterling silver 26.2’s and 13.1’s as well as the "Run like a girl" and "Will run for cupcakes" charms. This could be exactly what your necklace has been missing: the spring bling with a sporty attitude.

    Gather your girls, slip on a sporty skirt and pop into the Zumba studio, and by the time the endorphins kick in you'll forget if your out on the town or busy burning calories.

    Ladies Only Sports is the source for sports bras, tops, bottoms, gear – and, of course, workout fashion for the active woman.


    This post was posted in Fashion and Style and was tagged with workout tops, sports bras, runner charms, workout skirts

  • Yoga and weight loss: two schools of thought and palpable results

    Posted on April 10, 2012 by Wendy

    Everyone has heard about yoga and it is generally assumed to be a widely popular form of exercise, with classes held at nearly every health and fitness center and myriad yoga studios throughout the country, and with a reputation for increasing flexibility and muscle tone.

    Yoga Tops and BottomsThat much is true, as far as it goes, but yoga is vastly more complicated than that. It is a more than 2,000 year old Indian discipline that marries various levels of physical activity and breathing with meditation and spiritual awareness. Yoga is practiced in many forms, or “schools,” each with its own definition and set of goals, and just the study of its history and philosophy can consume a lifetime, much less its practice.

    But a question often asked by potential practitioners is whether or not yoga, besides its other and wide-ranging benefits, is any good for weight loss. The answer is yes, and according to many experts in the field the weight loss can come from the obvious – physical activity – and the not-so-obvious – spiritual awareness. It all depends on the approach, the experts say.

    As mentioned, yoga isn’t just one thing. There are at least 14 main schools of yoga – led by the most famous, at least in the west, Hatha (pronounced “Hat-ta”) – each with many subcategories. They run the gamut from pure exercise – Power Yoga – to pure spiritualism and an eternal relationship with Vishnu – bhakti. Some are ancient and some are more recent developments, and a few have a particularly western bent to meet the needs of pregnant women, Prenatal yoga, or for injury rehabilitation, Restorative yoga. Purists, it should be noted, think some of the western forms of yoga, developed with the American market in mind, lack the meditative and spiritual melding of mind, body and spirit that were at the core of yoga’s origin over two millennia ago.

    On the physical side of the ledger, many forms of yoga are said to offer significant benefits, ranging from flexibility and muscle tone, to stress relief, even lowering blood pressure and heart health. Experts advise that those looking for weight loss from taking up yoga should concentrate on the forms that involve higher levels of physical activity: Power yoga, vinyasa yoga and ashtanga classes among the chief vigorous forms. There is also a school called Bikram, a style that involves practicing in a super-hot sauna room so practitioners sweat profusely, that is said to be good for weight loss as some people believe it can burn off 300 to 600 calories per one-hour class. However, others believe that a Bikram yoga workout results mostly in water-weight loss which is quickly gained back with the intake of fluids. Once again, weight loss really depends on the level of activity that can truly burn calories.

    It is on the spiritual side of the yoga ledger where the idea of weight loss gets a bit trickier.

    Pure yoga, according to its most vociferous adherents, isn’t really an exercise program at all, but rather a discipline of meditation where, through breathing and stretching, a practitioner gets more in touch with their inner self and with the spiritualism extant in the universe. This is a whole Eastern religion sort of thing, where the yoga is a pathway to spiritual enlightenment. Those seeking enlightenment can find many schools of yoga to begin that journey.

    However, there is a spiritual aspect to almost all forms of yoga and many experts believe that yoga’s mental benefits, short of true enlightenment, help people get in better touch with themselves, feel better about themselves, and build more self-esteem and confidence in all aspects of their lives. If one subscribes to the notion that eating is a self-esteem issue – that people who lack confidence or are depressed eat more to fill in the gaps in their lives -- then building self-esteem through the practice of yoga may be beneficial in a weight-loss sense by reducing the cycle of binge eating.

    It should also be noted that many forms of exercise – running, Pilates, regular workouts, etc. – provide some of the same mental benefits. Also, people who take up regular exercise, including yoga, often report that, quite unplanned, they change their diets to a more healthy, balanced regimen of eating that also boosts overall health and promotes weight loss.

    However you approach it, yoga in any of its forms has many benefits, and those people who have entered a yoga class find that it is something they crave more and more all the time. And if you’ve ever looked in on a yoga class, well, those people look pretty trim and happy, so the weight loss and spiritual uplift must be working.

    Free or loose fitting clothing is best for yoga, you need to be able to move freely through the poses and stretches.  At Ladies Only Sports we have a great collection of yoga bottoms and yoga tops that would suit you perfectly for your yoga workout. Give us a ring at 877-567-5239 if you have any further questions about which products would be best suited for you.


    This post was posted in Lifestyle, Health and was tagged with yoga, weight loss, yoga and weight loss

  • Well-endowed women athletes now have their own, patented sports bra from Enell

    Posted on March 29, 2012 by Wendy

    Enell Sports Bra - Ladies Only Sports

    When Oprah introduced the Enell Sports Bra on her wildly popular and now widely missed television show, there were many giggles and lighthearted moments as she talked about “taming the girls” when working out.

    But, of course, breast bounce, particularly for the well-endowed woman like Oprah, is no laughing matter. All female athletes, but especially those women with larger breasts, understand all too well the discomfort that can, and often does occur when breasts bounce during running, horseback riding, tennis matches and other forms of high-activity workouts or sports. Strap chafing and sore shoulders from inadequate bra support are all-too-common complaints, and many of the so-called solutions – compression and/or a too-tight fit – are simply uncomfortable or, depending on breast size, unattainable.

    Sports bras are now nearly ubiquitous in female athletic circles, but they were only introduced a little more than 30 years in the several years after the passage of the historic Title IX legislation that lead to much wider participation of women and girls in school-sponsored athletics.

    Those early sports bras, however, never really addressed the breast-bounce issue for well-endowed women, and that led to an innovative development by a well-endowed Montana sports enthusiast.

    Renelle Braaten, then a hairdresser who struggled to comfortably play her favorite games racquetball and volleyball, saw a gap in the new sports bra offerings that she felt were inadequate for the more well-endowed women like her. She and her mother, a talented seamstress, designed the initial Enell sports bra, and the pair conducted extensive testing in a sports biomedics lab to perfect the design. The then launched the Enell company and their patented products remain the gold standard for those women, like her, who weren’t being served by the sports bras on the market.

    “I was frustrated by the lack of adequate sports bras on the market,” says Braaten, Founder and President of Enell Sports. “Forced to wear two bras, I would still experience aching shoulders and uncomfortable, unhealthy breast-bounce.  In search of answers, I went to the same place all women do -- my mother – and pretty soon we were making Enell Sports Bras for friends and fellow athletes.”

    Enell Sports Bras are ideal for the woman with large breasts who wants to workout without all the "bounce." They are available in two models: The classic Enell SPORTS Bra is for wear during more high-impact sporting activities, like volleyball or aerobic dance classes, while the Enell LITE Bra joined the line in response to demand for a lighter sports bra for low- to medium-impact activities. Enell bras are dedicated to well-endowed women and each is available in sizes 32C through 52DD.

    The classic version is made of 90% nylon and 10% Lycra Spandex, and features a patented design and construction that is a balance of compression and encapsulation perfect for high-impact activity. The Enell LITE Bra, while targeted at active women, is also designed to be a great all-day bra for the well-endowed woman. The LITE is made of 84% nylon, and 16% Spandex, with a super soft sueded microfiber lining made of 76% nylon and 24% Spandex. The high performance fabric in both models wicks moisture away from your body and dissipates body heat while giving you outstanding strength, color, and garment life.

    Enell Sports Bra In Action“With the ENELL bra your breasts are completely secured for minimal bounce,” says Braaten. “This bra fits much tighter than any other bra you have tried and retains its support even after becoming wet with perspiration. With easy front hook and eye closure, outer clothing moves freely over the smooth nylon Lycra spandex fabric with no clinging. The bra also features wide shoulder straps, a higher neck line, plenty of arm freedom and no restriction of movement.”

    Enell Sports bras are marketed through sports and specialty retailers, like Ladies Only Sports. Enell Sports Bra and Enell Lite Sports Bra are in stock for immediate shipment and always qualify for FREE SHIPPING (to the lower 48). For complete information visit our website at www.ladiesonlysports.com or us at 877-567-5239.


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  • Women take heart: activity, even moderate, is the best way to heart health

    Posted on March 15, 2012 by Wendy

    Conventional wisdom is that men get heart attacks and women don’t. This is neither conventional nor wise, as it is not true. But it is such a compelling bit of “knowledge” that even doctors who would go first to coronary problems with a certain set of symptoms in men will sometimes start somewhere else with their female patients.

    The truth is that coronary heart disease in women is just as prevalent as with men – in fact, since 1984 more women than men have died of heart disease. And while breast cancer – a scourge, no doubt – is the biggest health fear among women, many times more women suffer from and die each year from heart disease.

    The good news is that physical activity – as in exercise – has been shown to be beneficial for women in predicting or lowering the risk of obstructive coronary heart disease. A study published in 2004 in the influential medial journal JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association; 2004; 292[10], 1179-87) showed a significant association between low physical activity and the existence of of potential coronary problems.

    The study examined 908 female patients who had chest pains, suggested narrowing of the arteries, or both. They were measured for weight – normal, overweight or obese – and each patient’s BMI, body mass index, was measured. While the group tended to be overweight (76%), the researchers could find no difference based on weight category in the presence or severity of heart disease. They did, however, detect a difference: women who were active, even moderately so, had a lower risk of adverse cardiovascular events.

    This is not to suggest that being overweight, or indeed obese, is okay as long as a woman stays active. The same markers that lead to heart attack in men – obesity, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking the leading ones – are true for women. In fact, after years of pointing out gender differences as it relates to heart disease, more recent studies suggest more similarities between men and women.

    There are some differences, of course. Heart disease is more prevalent in young men than in young women, and many in the health community believe that the presence of estrogen helps in the reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol) and an increase in HDL (good cholesterol). But by age 65 and post-menopause women catch up and the risks are essentially the same. There is even research that suggests that hormone replacement therapy, recommended by many for menopausal and post-menopause women, provides no cardiac protection for this age group. While beneficial for other reasons, many believe, studies by the National Institutes of Health suggest that post-menopausal women should not take estrogen or other hormones as a heart therapy.

    Here at Ladies Only Sports we’re not doctors and we recommend that women consult with their own physicians about their heart health. On the other hand we are exercise and activity enthusiasts and take heart in studies that suggest that a regular routine of exercise, even in moderation, is good for the heart. And besides, it’s good for so many other things, like overall fitness, performance, endurance, and simply well-being, and there’s no harm in that. We do caution, however, that before engaging in strenuous physical activity that every woman should consult her doctor.

    So, of course, during that activity every woman wants to dress the part in workout apparel that works hard and flatters the figure. You’ll find all of that and more at Ladies Only Sports. Call 1-877-567-5239 for complete details.


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