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    35 Activewear Pieces Pretty Much Perfect For All Your Cardio Workouts

    Crisscross sports bras, squat-proof leggings, and more clothes you'll love to wear for cardio exercise.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A matching sports bra and leggings set that'll solve the problem of "I don't know what the heck to wear" when you're trying to squeeze in a cardio session. This coordinating set will make dressing for HIIT, Zumba, or kickboxing so dang easy.

    Promising review: "Wow this is my new favorite workout set!! It’s stretchy but is also form fitting and flattering! The material is great quality and the leggings stay in place when you run! I’m going to order in every color!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes XS–L and in 18 colors).

    2. A high-impact sports bra because it will keep you supported (and *very* comfortable) during your next cardio session, especially if you have a bigger bust. A built-in bra and wide shoulder straps are a heavenly combo for jumps, squats, and lunges.,

    Promising review: "First of all, I never write reviews unless I really like the product. This is the best sports bra I’ve ever purchased! The sizes are true and it gives me so much support! I’m big-chested and the medium is perfect." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 10 bra combinations in packs of two, three, or five).

    3. A V-neck T-shirt so you can ~run like the wind~ and not turn into a sweat puddle by the time you're done with a workout. Thanks to moisture-wicking material, you'll stay cool and dry regardless of how many laps you're doing.

    model in light green V-neck tee and black bike shorts

    Promising review: "I've been a long-time fan of this particular GapFit V-neck, so I now own several. It's lightweight, with a nice drape and some stretch. It is very comfortable to wear while working out. Wash after wash, this 'breathe tee' also holds its shape and the color never seems to fade. It truly doesn't disappoint." —Gap Customer

    Get it from Gap for $14+ (available in sizes XXS–XXL and in four colors).

    4. A pair of leggings that won't actually feel like workout leggings thanks to their stretchy fabric and nonhugging fit. Skip the compression shorts and wear these comfy bottoms instead for your next cardio class.,

    Promising review: "I love these leggings! They've held up to every workout I've put them through (running, HIIT, hiking, strength workouts, etc). I've washed and dried them several times with no pilling and no shrinkage. The price is a steal for the quality of these leggings! I'll definitely be buying more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $21.98+ (available in sizes XS–XXL, packs of two, and 36 colors).

    5. A convertible sports bra with straps you can wear crossed or uncrossed for your workouts. Whether you're kickboxing or jogging, you'll get amazing support and not have to think twice about your chest bouncing.


    Some reviewers suggest buying the next sister size up if you want a looser fit.

    Promising review: "The band on this bra runs tight, so use the next sister size up. I’m normally a 32DD, but the 34D fit just right! Love the convertible straps. I got it to wear playing Ring Fit Adventure, so I do a lot of bodyweight exercises and jogging, and the support is great." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $24 (available in sizes 34B–44DD and in four colors).

    6. A twist-front crop top because you want to look cute and not be too sweaty during virtual boot camp classes. You will also *finally* have something to wear with your fave high-rise leggings and bike shorts.,

    I own this crop top and I love wearing it for running, HIIT, and dance classes. It doesn't roll up when I'm moving, it's super breathable, and it's not too tight on my chest.

    Promising review: "I love this shirt. I've been taking fitness more seriously the last few months and finally got around to replacing all of my old activewear. It's just loose enough that I don't have to adjust it while I'm working out and also provides nice cleavage coverage. It's extremely soft and has good-sized arm holes. The navy color is deep and beautiful." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 18 colors).

    7. Patterned shorts for all your indoor and outdoor cardio activities. With a high waistband, vibrant design, and body-hugging fit that's comfy as hell, you can't go wrong with these gorgeous bottoms.

    Model wears bright green, blue, and red-printed compression shorts while posing near a bright yellow wall
    Rochelle Porter Design/Etsy

    Rochelle Porter Design is a Black woman–owned business based in Atlanta, Georgia. They're known for colorful activewear (leggings, sports bras, crop tops and more!) that'll brighten up any workout outfit.

    Promising review: "These shorts are perfect! Bright, bold, and super comfortable. I can't stop gushing about and recommending them to everyone." —Etsy Customer

    Get them from Rochelle Porter Design on Etsy for $42 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    8. A medium support sports bra because it'll prevent your chest from feeling too sweaty during cycling and HIIT training sessions. Designed for A–G cups, this bra helps shape your boobs with spacer construction and has a keyhole back design for additional breathability.

    model in copper brown sports bra and berry leggings

    Promising review: "I have been on the hunt for the perfect sports bra for YEARS. I have tried almost everything with no luck. I am bigger-chested and like to feel secure, but not restricted/in a sports bra that is super heavy-duty. This gives the best of both. Its lightweight and secure, but doesn't feel like a huge contraption that's restrictive. I have used this for HIIT classes (F45) and cardio/weights (Orangetheory), and I stayed in place and didn't feel like I was bouncing all over the place. Having an adjustable band and straps is really a game changer. I will be buying it in every color." —Lululemon Customer

    Get it from Lululemon for $88 (available in sizes 32B–40D and in four colors).

    9. A tie-back tank that literally ~has your back~ when it comes to sweaty, heart-pumping cardio workouts. It has a V-mesh design on the back (so long, perspiration) and super-soft fabric that won't cling to you whenever you're doing jumping jacks, squats, or high knees.,

    Promising review: "I work out five days a week and have for 20 years. I am pretty picky about my workout clothes. This is the best workout shirt I have found at a good price! I love the feel of the fabric and it is nice and thin, not too bulky! I like to tie it in the back but it can be left untied, too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 21 colors).

    10. High-rise leggings so you can power through your indoor cycling session without bunching or sagging. These babies will stay up on your waist and still feel comfortable, even if you're peddling really fast on a stationary bike.

    model in dark blue high-rise leggings and gray sports bra
    Girlfriend Collective

    One of our BuzzFeed editors swears by these in her Girlfriend workout leggings review because they're super comfortable and keep sweat at bay during cardio sessions.

    Promising review: "The compression was just enough to flatter my legs, and yet comfortable enough to complete a high-intensity workout. Definitely squat-proof with no showing of undies! The waist band was nice and high and did not slide down even with running or jumps." —Girlfriend Collective Customer

    Get them from Girlfriend Collective for $78 (available in sizes XXS–6XL, three lengths, and 15 colors).

    11. A racer-back sports bra with a tech pocket, because you like to listen to music or podcasts while you work up a sweat. Located in the back, this slim space will easily fit your smartphone and keep it secure while you're exercising at home.,

    Promising review: "I was nervous about the phone pocket but it didn't bother me at all running with it! I have a Google Pixel 2 and it fit fine. I appreciate the removable padding in the bra and it fit as expected. Love this bra!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in sizes S–XL and in four colors).

    12. A lightweight tee to help you crush your next run in warm weather. Hate chafing and clothes that won't stay in place? This tee has you covered: It has gusseted raglan sleeves that don't hug your arms and a drop-tail design for a close-to-the-bod fit.

    model in navy blue lightweight tee and charcoal active pants

    Promising review: "I bought one of these and then immediately got a second one. They're soft and so comfortable. Armpit gussets mean it's easy to move around in and the material does a great job of wicking away moisture." —Backcountry Customer

    Get it from Backcountry for $39 (available in sizes XS–XL and in four colors).

    13. Running-friendly leggings with quick-drying fabric, an adjustable drawstring waist, *and* a back pocket for essentials. Slip into these slightly-cropped tights for your next treadmill session or outdoor jog to stay comfy and dry.

    model in dark red cropped high-rise running tights and a black workout tank top

    Promising review: "These are fantastic leggings — they stay up and snug for long distance runs but are not overly compressive! They have stayed up for CrossFit workouts and running. They have a drawstring to tighten to the perfect size if needed. I don't have to jump and shout to get them on. I have already bought another pair so I don't have to wait on the laundry to wear them again!" —Lululemon Customer

    Get them from Lululemon for $98 (available in sizes 0–20 and in eight colors).

    14. A fleece thermal that'll keep you toasty and not drench you in sweat when it's cold outside. It's made with fabric that wicks away moisture and helps you stay warm, so you can crush your next jog, run, or bike ride.,

    Promising review: "I was running my first 10K and bought this top last minute. When they switched the forecast to be chilly (47 degrees Fahrenheit), I ran in it and it kept me warm, but even more important it was comfortable and didn't bother me at all. I am going to order another one in a different color for my other fall races. And what a good price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes XS–3XL and in nine colors).

    15. Squat-proof leggings with a hidden waistband pocket and fit that'll let you power through leg day with ease. Can we also take a minute to appreciate all the cool patterns they come in?!,

    Promising review: "They are squat-proof and they are so comfortable that I stay in them all day. I am very grateful that I have found these as I was inches away from breaking down and just ordering expensive brand-name leggings." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 30 colors).

    16. Athletic socks because you want to give your heels proper cushioning and not let sweat stink up your feet. Breathable fabric and a heel tab design will help you stay dry and avoid blisters whenever you exercise.

    Grey Saucony athletic socks with blue, green, red, and black toe and heel detail

    Promising review: "I've always appreciated the tabbed back that kept the sock from sliding down during running and leg day workouts. Not only do they work great for that, but I really like the thickness of these socks as well! I don't overheat in the summer wearing these, and I never felt like my feet were too cold in the winter." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $22.84+ (available in sizes 5–13 and 30 color combinations).

    17. A workout tank you'll want to wear all the time because it's so comfy and has removable pads. No digging, underwire, or hooks, just support for your chest when you need it.,

    Check out all the ways to wear this top on TikTok here.

    Promising review: "Honestly saw this on TikTok and contemplated getting it for a long time. I’m so glad I committed! It’s extremely comfortable. The padding is amazing so you don’t have to worry about a bra underneath at all. You can wear it with sweats or leggings to the gym or even dress it up for a night out. Considering more colors for sure!" —Kristyn Long

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in 24 colors).

    18. A V-neck onesie because dressing for in-between weather will be so easy: Just slip into this comfy number with ribbed detailing, crisscross straps, and fabric that won't restrict your movement.

    Free People

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical at first, but I decided to order it. So happy I did! It’s very easy to put on, it’s very comfortable, and it looks really good. I’m buying more colors!" —Free People Customer

    Get it from Free People for $88 (available in sizes XS–L and in eight colors).

    19. High-rise leggings that are popular on TikTok for a reason: they're moisture wicking, made with a comfy ruched material, and squat-proof. These stretchy babies will be a staple in your activewear wardrobe. 🍑,

    See them on TikTok here.

    Promising review: "Bought as a joke, but had hopes it would do as TikTok said. The material is comfortable and not too sheer. If you wear, like, hot-pink undies, you're gonna see them if you're doing a squat, but otherwise not too sheer. Was very comfortable and holds up after been washed a few times so far. And finally, does make the booty, like, amazing. Heads up though, you should wear a thong and pull them up a little higher than usual for the TikTok effect. Otherwise, very happy with my pants! :)" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–4XL and in 94 colors).

    20. A sports bra/crop top because a) you'll save time getting dressed for the gym and b) you won't have to wear multiple layers. Removable pads and a body-hugging fit will keep your chest supported, even if you're running hard on the treadmill.

    Model wears camo-print gray and black crop top with removable pads

    Promising review: "These are by far my favorite sports bras, and I am a sports bra junkie! I have a large bust size but a small band and these work so well for me. Secure enough to run in but also comfortable enough to wear for any workout or just under a top with an exposed back. There are no adjustments on the bra so getting it on and off can be a little tricky, especially after a good workout but it is so worth it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 30 colors).

    21. A two-piece workout set so ~purrfect~ and breathable for outdoor workouts. Wear this matching bra and bike shorts whenever you go for a stroll or quick run. (No layers required.),

    Promising review: "Probably not thick enough for squats, but great for lighter workouts and super cute! Loved where the waist hit and how far the top came down." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.33+ (available in sizes S–XL and in eight colors).

    22. A underwire sports bra because it provides amazing support for D-cup+ chests. Cushioned shoulder straps and ventilated mesh panels will help prevent digging and sweat from getting in the way of your fitness routine.


    Promising review: "It is so hard to find sports bras made for larger busts that are supportive enough. I run and do a lot of HIIT, and this sports bra is fantastic for keeping the girls in place during my workouts! Plus, it is very comfortable and made of a soft material. Highly recommend this sports bra." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $57.82+ (available in sizes 28A–40KK and in 32 colors).

    23. A short-sleeve top with an open-tie back and lightweight fabric that'll make you forget about exercising in the heat. It won't stick to your skin and will give you a lil' protection from the sun if you're taking your cardio session outdoors.

    Promising review: "Wow, these tops absolutely blew my mind. They’re light, breathable, yet provide coverage. The open back detail is very cute and I love the knotted detailing as well. I can literally wear these with any workout outfit and feel totally comfortable in it. If you’ve been debating on getting this, don’t! Totally worth every penny!" —Kaitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in 11 colors).

    24. A lightweight tank so you can ~breeze through~ boot camp or a jogging session without feeling too sweaty. It'll feel super cool on your skin and has a flowy fit.

    model in flowy, almost-sheer blue workout tank and leggings

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim and it's turned out to be my favorite workout tank. It doesn't stick to me at all, hangs beautifully, and allows me to move." —Athleta Customer

    Get it from Athleta for $13.97+ (available in sizes 1X–3X and in six colors).

    25. A pair of bike shorts that won't ride up, show off your underwear, or feel super tight around your thighs. (Cue Rihanna singing "Where have you been, all my life?!"),

    Promising review: "These are the first pair of shorts I have ever had that *do not ride up* during exercise and I am amazed. I’ve always had a muscular build and have resorted to wearing yoga pants for workouts even on hot days because I get so tired of constantly having to pull my shorts down (I do hot yoga, running, CrossFit). But not with these! Highly recommend! The high waist is flattering and comfortable." —Erin Michelle

    Get them from Amazon for $34.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 17 colors).

    26. A pair of lightweight Under Armour shorts so you ~don't have to sweat it~ the next time you need to wear activewear for cardio workouts. Your butt and thighs will thank you for the breathability and comfort.

    the black shorts on a model

    Promising review: "I have purchased many pairs of athletic shorts over the years. By far, these are my favorite. First, they have pockets that are useful, but very concealed. The way they are made, the pockets lie complete flat against the body and are not the least bit visible. Second, the fabric is lightweight and not scratchy or crunchy like some shorts. Third, the waistband is comfortable and smooth on the inside." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XXS–2X and in 57 colors).

    27. A crisscross sports bra that'll give your back some ventilation while you ~work up a sweat~ on the elliptical or rowing machine.

    Promising review: "I love the design of the backs of these sports bra and was skeptical about whether they were truly high support sports bra, to my surprise, they are. I did burpees, jump squats, and jumping jacks and everything stayed in place! I also appreciated not having to dislocate my shoulder trying to take the sports bra off. It came off easily without the normal struggle of high-support bras that are so tight, you sometimes have to ask for help." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in nine colors).

    28. High-rise capri leggings because they have a great length and pattern that'll basically go with any sports bra or top. While you're planking it out or doing CrossFit, you won't have to worry about bunching or sagging, thanks to a calf-friendly inseam and high-rise waist.

    Model wears black tie-dye printed crop leggings while completing a yoga pose

    Promising review: "I'm very pleasantly surprised with these leggings. So these leggings are definitely 'squat-proof' for workouts. Stays in place, there's no slipping at the waistband, and I love the high waist. I do mostly CrossFit workouts with some cardio and yoga mixed in and these seem great so far." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $36.60 (available in sizes XS–3X and in 11 colors).

    29. A tie-dye crop top for days when you don't only want to wear a sports bra. This beauty will add a pop of color to your exercise outfits and keep you odor-free, thanks to antimicrobial fabric.

    Model wears Day/Won pink, red, and purple tie-dye crop top with purple tie-dye leggings

    Day/Won was founded by model Candice Huffine and offers gorgeous, sustainably made workout clothes in sizes 0–32. From matching sets to supportive sports bras, you'll find great activewear for your exercise routine.

    Get it from Day/Won for $52 (available in sizes XS–5X).

    30. High-rise leggings (with pockets!) that'll support your booty and not require you to do a pull-up dance every time you squat, lunge, and run in place.,

    Promising review: "These leggings are amazing! Not only are they super cute and comfortable, but they’re also a really great quality. They stay up when working out, so you don’t have to worry about pulling them up after each squat, and they breathe nicely." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in six colors).

    31. A wind- and waterproof rain jacket so you'll be prepared for impromptu showers on solo walks and runs. It comes with breathable fabric *and* a hood (water is *not* going to mess up your hair and workout today).,

    Promising review: "I have tested this raincoat in two hiking trips in the past four months and it has worked beautifully. It protects me from the wind (especially if I tighten the sleeves, zip up all the way, and put the hood on), and it stops the rain. I tested it in the rainy conditions while hiking in Peru (at the end of the wet season/beginning of the dry season), and I can report back that it perfectly protects the clothes from getting wet and keeps the warmth very well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $45.16+ (available in sizes XS–5X and in 28 colors).

    32. A seamless tank top because you won't have to deal with uncomfortable straps or red marks whenever you exercise. Yes to actually lifting your arms up without feeling like you're wearing a corset!


    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this tank top. Hands down the best workout tank I’ve ever worn. Love the ribbed compression material, the skinny straps, and supportive built in bra. This tank is the total package in my opinion and I would like to own it in every color!" —Ellie Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in sizes XXS–XL and in 15 colors).

    33. A cropped tee to keep you cool during your next sweat session. Made with 100% cotton, this top won't stick to your bod and will match great with high-rise bike shorts or leggings.

    model in white cropped tee that says "zoezi sportswear" on the front
    Zoezi Sport

    Zoezi Sport is a woman-owned activewear brand founded by Yvonne Bulimo. Their stylish pieces, including crop tops and yoga leggings, are designed in California.

    Get it from Zoezi Sport for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    34. A track jacket so you won't be like "oh my gosh, I'm so cold" when you're running outside. It even has thumbholes that stay in place, so you won't have to awkwardly adjust your sleeves mid-workout.

    Model wears long-sleeve wine-colored zip-up track jacket with black leggings

    Promising review: "This feels great and keeps me warm on my runs in fall weather. I don't know how it will be once it starts getting colder, but it's perfect for layering. It has two small pockets inside that don't have zippers but are perfect for holding my keys, and my phone fits perfectly in either side pocket on the outside." —Miriam

    Get it from Amazon for $37.95 (available in sizes S–3X and in eight colors).

    35. And a quick-drying muscle tank because you need a top that's not going to cling to you when you're ~working up a sweat~ at the gym. Breathable fabric will keep you cool, dry, and free from pit stains.,

    Promising review: "I bought these for summer running and they are perfect. They wash well and are good quality. They are very cool to the touch, and even on hot summer days they are comfortable. They don’t stick or cling no matter how sweaty I get. Sizing was right on, my normal size was perfect." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in eight colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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