If you take fitness seriously, you already know that you’ve got to have the right gear. The right sneakers. The right sports bra. And the right leggings.
Leggings come in just about every pattern, color and price point imaginable. But having a high-quality pair of leggings is key if you want to get the most out of your workout.
Lululemon has been the go-to brand of yogis and fitness fanatics since 1998, and their products just keep getting better as the years go by. The Lululemon Wunder Train High Rise Tight is just about the best workout legging $98 can buy.
Available in a slew of colors, these leggings are made from fast-drying Everlux fabric and feature a lightweight and sweat-wicking design with a high waist and a waistband pocket to hold a key, an ID or a gym pass. They’re made for a serious workout and they’re super comfortable.
Pair them with a Lululemon sports bra or tank top, and you’ve got the perfect workout look.
Prefer a capri or a bike short? The entire Wunder collection is pretty amazing.
Sweaty Betty leggings are made for working out and, as the name suggests, sweating. The Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Workout Legging is one of our favorites in a butt-sculpting fabric that wicks away sweat and flatters your figure from every angle.
Priced at $100, these leggings feature a high waistband with an adjustable drawcord, a side pocket, and a back zipper pocket so you can keep a few essentials close at hand when you’re running or hitting the gym.
Their Athlete Seamless Workout Tank is the perfect companion piece!
From Nordstrom’s private label athletic brand comes the Zella Live In High Waist Leggings, one of the most affordable workout leggings to make our list. At $59, these pants are also one of the most comfortable options you’ll find.
These leggings are made from moisture-wicking fabric to keep you dry and have a non-slip waistband with a hidden pocket. They only come in basic black, but if you’re going to invest in one good pair of leggings, that’s pretty much all you need.
Priced at $55, the Nike Sculpt Leggings are perfect for pilates, yoga, and barre workouts. They’re made from super stretchy Dri-FIT fabric that bends and moves as you do while keeping you dry as you work up a sweat.
A high waistband makes them ultra-comfortable and super flattering to wear, and they’re built with graduated compression to provide the perfect level of sculpting and support. These get bonus points for being made with 50% recycled poly fabric made from plastic bottles.
And (as to be expected) they’re trimmed with the iconic little Nike swoosh logo on the waistband.
If you like the look and feel of compression pants, you’ll love the Girlfriend Collective Compressive High Rise Legging.
Made from 25 recycled water bottles (and some spandex), these leggings are fashionable, functional and sustainable. In compressive fabric with an extra high rise waistband and four-way stretch, these leggings are so comfy you’ll want to wear them everywhere you go.
They come in about a dozen colors, and they come in different lengths so you can enjoy them in full length or as crops or capris. Another reason to love these? They’re size-inclusive, ranging from XXS all the way up to 6XL.
At $68, they’re a fair price for a great pair of leggings, especially compared to the Lululemons and Sweaty Bettys that everyone’s wearing. Wear these once and you’ll know exactly why this style is the brand’s #1 bestseller.
While the Athleta Elation 7/8 Tight is absolutely perfect for yoga, they’re also pretty amazing for hanging out at home and lounging on the couch. Available in tall, petite and plus sizes up to 3XL, these leggings are made from quick-drying and moisture-wicking fabric with a UPF 50+ sun protection – perfect if you like to do your warrior poses outside.
The fabric is ultra-soft, and they’re made without side seams, so you can do all of your yoga moves without any irritation. They’re detailed with a hidden pocket for a key and a mesh-lined waistband for added support.
For $89, these leggings are just about as good as it gets.
If you’re into pockets, you’ll love the Fabletics Trinity High Waisted Pocket Capri. These leggings feature three pockets to hold cash, gym passes and keys, and they’re designed to provide total comfort and complete range of motion while you’re working up a sweat on the mat, on the trail or in the gym.
These leggings are moisture-wicking and chafe-resistant, and they’re made from Fabletics’ Motion 365 fabric, a nylon/spandex blend that’s both soft and durable.
If you buy these alone they’ll cost you $64.95, but Fabletics offers membership plans and VIP deals, so you could actually snag two pairs for $24 right now (if you’re willing to subscribe to their service and pay a monthly charge).
What Are the Best Leggings For Working Out?
Workout leggings are available at just about every price point. You can even find a pair for as little as $22.99 at Old Navy. And if all you need is a basic pair, then go for it. Save some money or buy a few so you can wear a different pair every day of the week.
But if you’re serious about working out (and we think you are), then it’s time to invest in leggings that are truly designed for the fitness fanatic.
Workout leggings can be pricey, but when they offer everything you need, they’re worth it.
When it comes to buying a great pair of leggings, think about your own fitness routine. If a pair of leggings that keeps you dry and comfortable, provides compression and sculpts the body is what it takes to push through a strenuous exercise plan, then it’s definitely worth shelling out a few extra bucks.
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