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Studio / September 2018
Sarah Corda, Global Newsroom

Chelsea Handler & Jenny Mollen Talk Workout Routines, Sports Bras and Female Friendship

Chelsea Handler and Jenny Mollen have graced our television screens and Instagram feeds with their comedy and wit. It’s what many of us know these women for.  

Perhaps lesser known is that the two women have been close friends for years, noting they’ve supported one another through many of the highs and lows women experience—career changes, relationships and motherhood, to name a few.

“I couldn't have the career I have without her,” says Mollen when asked about her friendship with Handler.

“A good support system gives you the confidence you need to just power through.”

A good support system gives you the confidence you need to just power through.

“With Chelsea as a close friend, she’s always been there to hold my hand and show me the way,” Mollen adds. “I would’ve never been able to do the things that I’ve done had she not done them first. I truly believe this.”

Handler believes their friendship, and all good friendships, are built on consistency. In friends, she looks for “somebody who is consistent and has reliability.” She found that in Mollen.

Sometimes, that consistency even means spending that time together at the gym if that’s the only place they can find to squeeze it in. While their travel schedules don’t allow them to work out together often, they do note it’s something they enjoy. 

With that in mind, Handler and Mollen recently joined Reebok for a workout at Flex Studios in New York City where they had the chance to put Reebok’s newest sports bra, the PureMove Bra, to the test. The PureMove Bra, which was the brainchild of a woman designer who felt current sports bra offerings were doing an injustice to women, embodies this idea of having a strong support system (but in this case, we’re talking about supporting your breasts during your sweat sessions).

It’s the first ever bra treated with Motion Sense Technology—a technology that is designed to respond to breast movement. The fabric will naturally stiffen during high impact movements, like when you’re on the treadmill, and release during rest and low impact movements, like when you're hanging in the locker room, meaning the bra will withstand any and all workout varieties.

For Handler and Mollen, that’s key. The women say they’ve “tried it all” when it comes to fitness classes.

With a father in sports medicine, Mollen was encouraged to run every day as a kid. “I didn't know until I got to college that people didn't go home and get on the treadmill every day,” she jokes. “Working out was always a thing for me.”

While Mollen grew to love running, she’s needed to stop due to injuries. “I've had to find ways around that and ways to get that same high that I would get from running through other things.”

Like Mollen, Handler also experienced problems when running, but hers were of a different variety.

“I used to have to wear 2 – 3 sports bras at a time when I would go running and it ended up totally screwing my back up.”

I used to have to wear 2 – 3 sports bras at a time when I would go running and it ended up totally screwing my back up.

“I couldn’t find a sports bra that could hold these boobies in and my boobies also fluctuate in size on a daily basis – I never know what I’m going to wake up with. If I wake up bloated my boobs will literally bounce up and hit me in the chin if I’m not wearing the right bra.”

Handler’s not alone. 

Fifty percent  of women experience breast pain while working out, and twenty percent of women don’t work out because they don’t have the right sports bra. The Motion Sense Technology in the PureMove Bra combats this head on, providing women with a comfortable bra that naturally reacts to whatever movement a woman is doing and whatever size her breasts are that given day. 

Handler’s initial thoughts on the bra after finishing her Pilates workout at Flex Studios? “It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a sports bra, but really holds things together. Plus, it doesn’t hurt my back which is a big win. I’ve loved that even when I do my push-ups, my boobs aren’t finding their way around all over the place and are actually staying put.”

It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a sports bra, but really holds things together. Plus, it doesn’t hurt my back which is a big win.

Are push-ups part of Handler’s normal workout routine? 

“Whenever I’m at home, I work out pretty much every day,” she replies. “I usually do Pilates twice a week with my trainer Sarah and then workout with my trainer Ben about 4 – 5 times a week.”

While this sounds like a lot, Handler admits she hasn’t always enjoyed the gym.

“When I first started working out, I hated it. And I really only worked out with the focus on weight control.”

It took changing that motivation and finding classes and trainers that kept her entertained and challenged to get to where she is with her current routine.

“Now, I have a very different attitude about it,” she says. “It’s more about using fitness to feel mentally strong and it’s really made me love and appreciate it.”

Mollen holds appreciation for her workouts. She calls out the positive effects fitness has on her creativity.

“I’ll do my cardio alone at home usually and I like to use that time to work through something that I’m writing. I feel like my best ideas have come when I’m in the zone…like a cardio zone!”

She adds, “That's usually only five days a week because I have kids so I lift them the rest of the time.”

I feel like my best ideas have come when I’m in the zone…like a cardio zone!

Shop the PureMove Bra.

Studio / September 2018
Sarah Corda, Global Newsroom
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