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    25 Pairs Of Workout Leggings That People Actually Swear By

    Just a bunch of leggings that come highly recommend and may actually entice you to work out.

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

    1. A pair of Girlfriend Collective compressive high-rise leggings because they are hands down the best leggings for working out. Period. End of story. Have a nice night.

    Lineup of models of different sizes and skin tones wearing the leggings
    Girlfriend Collective

    You can check out my full Girlfriend Collective leggings review for more deets but the tl;dr is that they will faithfully support you through any and every exercise. I love these leggings so dang much that I've purchased eight (winces) pairs during quarantine and they're all in heavy rotation. I love the compression fit; it's supportive without constricting my movement or breathing. And as someone who sweats a lot, I especially love that these leggings wick away moisture. If you can afford the splurge, I highly recommend snagging yourself a pair before I buy all of them.

    Get them from Girlfriend Collective for $68 (available in sizes XS–6XL and 13 colors).

    2. A pair of seamless Adidas leggings that'll keep up with even the most intense workout regimen. These Aeroknit leggings are made with AEROREADY materials that are specially made to absorb moisture away from your skin so it can evaporate, leaving you cool as a cucumber during even the hottest yoga session.


    Promising review: "Very comfortable! I run in them and do yoga and they don’t go see through on the bum when you bend!" —SBETS

    Get them from Adidas for $55 (available in sizes XS–3X and five colors).

    3. A pair of high-waist mesh leggings for anyone who hates boring black leggings. The asymmetrical mesh panels give your legs some breathing room, and there's even a small pocket in the waistband for your phone.


    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Core 10 leggings are my new favorite. I already own four pairs and I will be buying more. They are 100% squat-proof, they don't fall down or ride up in weird places, and they give my legs a cooling effect when I start sweating. I box, do HIIT training, and lift weights and they have been sturdy and reliable through all my workouts. Obsessed!" —Elizabeth Mitchell

    Get them from Amazon for $26.12+ (available in sizes XS–3X and four colors).

    4. A pair of squat-proof leggings if you want to add some beautiful Black girl magic to your workout. They're breathable, moisture-wicking, and feature a hidden drawstring so you can say goodbye to that annoying waist gap.


    Mbali Z. Ndlovu's story starts when she created a meetup group called Black Health & Fitness Sisters for people who needed workout buddies and accountability. Eventually the group grew to over 1,000 members and Ndlovu realized that she and the Black women in her group couldn't find activewear that fit their hips, curves, and thighs. And that's how Lukafit, Ndlovu's fitness wear brand, came to be! The name is partially derived from the Zulu word juluka (to sweat). Sweating releases endorphins that make you feel good — just like these leggings.

    Promising review: "Aside from having a fun pattern that makes everyone look twice, these tights are incredibly comfortable. They demonstrate their quality by standing up to swipes and snags during trail runs, countless times in the washer/dryer and of course, a good stretch." —Sonya S.

    Get them from Lukafit for $60 (available in sizes S–3XL and five colors).

    5. A pair of super soft high-waisted leggings so you can see what all the hype is about — and by hype I mean the 34,000+ 5-star reviews. They're squat-proof, opaque enough so you won't accidentally show off your Hello Kitty underwear (even in white!) in downward dog, and made of a "peachskin" fabric that's soft and supportive.,

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with these leggings! They are buttery soft and fit perfectly! I own at least eight pairs and each one arrived in perfect condition. They last a very long time; I've had my first ones over a year and I wear them weekly. The fabric has amazing recovery and does not go slack like some other brands do. I wear these to work, workout, and sometimes even sleep! The colors they offer are great too!!" —Nicole Kogler

    Get them from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in one size and plus size; capri or regular lengths; and a variety of colors).

    6. A pair of high-rise pocket leggings to keep your phone and other essentials nearby. How will anyone know you worked out if you don't snap a selfie?,

    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!" —Erin l.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.98+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and a variety of colors).

    7. An amazing pair of patterned leggings inspired by The Flinstones because they totally ~rock~.

    Four models wearing the collection
    Melt Fit

    Melt Fit is a size-inclusive Detroit-based activewear brand created by Ashley Garner that specializes in bold prints, eye-catching colors, and comfort.

    Promising review: "I love the feel of the material against my skin. It makes for a comfortable workout fit because the leggings don’t move and the top is snug and supportive. I have removed the pads and it still feels great. I love it!" —Marisa S.

    Get them from Melt Fit for $60 (available in sizes S–XXXL and five colors; get the matching bra here).

    8. A pair of seamless leggings that'll support your ~assets~. They're squat-proof and — psst! — dozens of reviewers say they're Gymshark dupes at less than half the price!,

    Promising review: "I have to admit I was skeptical about purchasing these leggings. I am a personal trainer and having the right pair of leggings on during a workout is EVERYTHING! I would say the fit can very much be compared to Gymshark leggings. (Gymshark legings may be a tad bit tighter.) When I put them on I was pleasantly surprised by how great they looked! I ran, jumped rope, did squats and walking lunges to see if they held up and they passed the test. You NEED these!!! They are functional and half the price of most other workout leggings!" —Peter Guzelak

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and a variety of colors).

    9. A pair of Lululemon yoga leggings for anyone who doesn't believe that magic is real. The buttery soft and unbelievably lightweight Nulu fabric will make you feel like you're practically naked, yet it provides the perfect amount of support for all your movements.

    Model wearing the leggings in black

    I don't know what kind of witchcraft was necessary to create these leggings, but they are damn near the softest thing I've ever worn. I will admit that I bought these to be lounge leggings, so I can't vouch for them during workouts — but they have more than 4,000 5-star reviews from some very satisfied customers so you'll have to take their word for it.

    Promising review: "These are my new favorite pair of leggings of all time. They are SO buttery soft on the outside, but also sooo flexible and moveable and breathe with you. Can't say enough good things about these." —Anonymous

    Get it from Lululemon for $98 (available in sizes 0–20, three lengths, and 12 colors).

    10. A splurge-worthy pair of high-waist Alo leggings if you're tired of your $20 leggings ripping in the wash after two wears. These are an investment piece that you honestly don't need (OK maybe you kinda do since all you wear are leggings rn) but truly deserve.

    Model wearing the leggings in tan

    Promising review: "Are your yoga pants always covered in dog hair? Get these then. The material is butter soft and so smooth that my pup's hair barely sticks. Aside from that, they are durable, don't stretch out, and are good for just about anything!" —Kelly Burnham

    Get it from Backcountry for $117.95 (available in sizes XS–L and three colors).

    11. A pair of 7/8 leggings with polka dot accents so cute I'm sure you'll ~spot~ a home for them in your closet.

    Two models — one plus-size and one straight size — wearing the leggings

    Alala is a WOC-founded small business started by Denise Lee. Their activewear strikes the perfect balance between performance and style. The company takes its name from the Greek goddess who was the personification of a war cry.

    Promising review: "I love these tights! I am a big fan of polka dots so when I saw this, I knew I had to have them. It is a balance between cute/flirty and sporty. They are super comfortable too and fit really well." —Ellen N.

    Get them from Alala for $125 (available in sizes S–3X).

    12. A pair of high-rise capri leggings to hug your curves and support your body through a range of movements. And thanks to their cropped length, you won't have to worry about fabric bunching.

    Model wears black tie-dye printed crop leggings while in a side plank

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    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." —Lis_04

    Get them from Amazon for $19.16+ (available in sizes XS–3X and 11 colors).

    13. A pair of cropped leggings with a cute lattice design because you should show off the calf muscles you've developed after many months of barre classes.

    reviewer wearing the light blue criss-cross cropped leggings while practicing a bridge
    Amazon / Via

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "These leggings were extremely comfortable!!! The lattice on the legs allows these leggings to be versatile too. I wanted workout leggings, which these would be great for, but they would also be cute just to wear with a T-shirt or something. They passed the squat test too!" —Kristyn Shocklee

    Get them from Amazon for $26+ (available in sizes XS–3X and six colors).

    14. A pair of bootcut leggings that'll add some ~flare~ (do you see what I did there?) to your workout gear. These are great for people who hate skin-tight leggings!

    Three-part image of a model wearing the boot-cut yoga pants in gray while doing various yoga poses.

    You can even customize the inseam length to make sure they fit you just right!

    Promising review: "I am pleasantly surprised at the perfect fit of these tall yoga pants! Since I’m 6 feet tall, it’s hard finding tall workout gear that doesn’t slip down my hips. These pants stayed in place! Material is great! Not see through as I bend over. The length was just what I needed too! I was worried of shrinking when washed but they fit just the same. :-)" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $30.99 (available in sizes 4XS–XXL, inseams 27"–37", and five colors).

    15. A pair leggings with an extra-wide waistband for a lil' extra support and some booty-lifting action. The moisture-wicking material makes them great for sweaty, high-intensity exercises, plus the two pockets mean you can keep your essentials on you and run without a bag.,

    Promising review: "These workout pants are great! Nice compression, material is nice thickness, not see through as some I have tried! Wash really well! Love the side pockets! This is a great feature that most of my workout attire does not have. And you definitely can not beat the price!" —DBISHOP

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and a variety of colors and patterns).

    16. A pair of textured leggings if you're equally interested in their performance during workouts *and* with their ability to make your 🍑 look🔥. They're lightweight, moisture wicking, and super soft so you'll wanna grab a pair for your next yoga or pilates sesh.,

    Promising review: "I love these leggings!! I’m a personal trainer, and I wear leggings all day, every day, so I’ve gotten to the point where I’m super picky about them. I ordered a pair after admiring these on a coworker — and learning of the very affordable price! I loved them so much that I went back for three more pairs. They are sooooo comfortable, excellent quality for the price, and definitely squat-proof (not see-through!). But my favorite thing is the magical little scrunch at the bum that actually gives my tiny, ectomorph bum the roundness and pop that I have been working towards! When I wear them, I just want to stare at my own butt because I can’t believe how good it looks! I think the four pairs I have right now are not enough so I’m gonna have to get some more colors. I LOVE THESE LEGGINGS 🍑🔥🍑🔥🍑🔥" —Jill Hill

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X and in 27 colors and styles).

    17. A pair of ombré knit leggings so they match with twice as many sports bras. Your love for these leggings will be anything but ~gradual~.,

    Promising review: "I just love everything about these. They’re comfortable, and I feel sexy in them. Definitely turns up the motivation to go to the gym. They fit great and hold up well in the gym." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $16.14+ (available in sizes XS–L and 25 colors).

    18. A royal blue leggings set to make you feel like royalty even when you're dripping in sweat.

    Roam Loud

    The racerback bra comes with removable padding.

    Toyin Omisore, a Liberian-Nigerian American who was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, started Roam Loud for two reasons: 1. "to unapologetically create a lifestyle where brown skin is at the forefront and not an afterthought" and 2. to honor her grandmother.

    Promising review: "This is a great product for working out or just lounging around! The color is great and the material is very good quality. I got lots of compliments and plan on buying it in more colors!" —TT F

    Get it from Roam Loud for $70.

    19. A pair of build-your-own leggings because every other pair of leggings you've tried just hasn't fit you right — but these will. Choose your waist design, inseam length, and color for a workout bottom that's personalized just for you.

    Plus-size model wearing black high-rise leggings

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "These leggings are AMAZING. I am 6-foot tall and it can be really hard to find leggings that are either long enough for my legs OR that have a high enough waist to be considered actually high-waisted on a taller frame. These leggings do both of those things! I usually use leggings for weightlifting, so I needed to make sure these would stay up during squats and other leg dominant motions, and these stayed in place during my whole workout with ease. And one last thing, the fabric on these is super soft, I absolutely love it!" —Carolyn

    Get them from Amazon for $44 (available in sizes XS–3X three waist designs, three inseam lengths, and two colors).

    20. A pair of breathable, moisture-wicking high-rise compression leggings that'll keep you cool during sweaty HIIT sessions and yoga flows.,

    Promising review: "I needed these for workouts. They have just the right amount of compression; they are tight yet comfortable." —Terry L

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–4XL and eight colors)

    21. A pair of squat-proof leggings with a hidden pocket for leg day — and tbh — every other day of the week.,

    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 $22.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 15 colors).

    22. A pair of over-the-heel leggings if your ankles get cold. (It is winter after all!) Plus the super long inseam is great for tall folks who are tired of full-length leggings looking like capris.


    Promising review: "I bought these because I am tall, and since these were made to go over the foot I figured they would fit me normally; which they did. They have a pretty design and don’t slip down when I’m working out." —Nicole

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL, sets of two, and in 35 colors).

    23. A pair of shiny leggings so you can go from squats and crunches to bending down in the freezer aisle to grab your favorite ice cream and eventually to lying supine on the couch with said ice cream.

    Model does standing yoga pose in mauve high-rise shiny leggings

    Promising review: "These are great. They do not slide down. They are a bit shiny and look great for going out or working out. I usually use them for dancing, are so comfortable and stretchy. I was very impressed, especially given the price. Other shiny leggings are all about $100. The expensive ones are more shiny but they snag easily. These do not snag." —RYan Mooney

    Get them from Amazon for $24.89+ (available in sizes XS–XL and eight colors).

    24. A pair of snug and supportive seamless leggings with four-way stretch to withstand any workout without rolling or cutting into your stomach. They provide gentle compression without making you feel like a stuffed sausage.

    Reviewer wearing the two-toned light and dark green leggings, and showing the full-coverage back

    Promising review: "I am just in love with these leggings! They're squat-proof and so soft and comfortable! I’m very picky about my gym clothes, but these I’m definitely very happy with." —Bronwyn Kraus

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S–L and five colors).

    25. A leggings set because IDK about you but I feel way more motivated to work out when my leggings and bra match.,

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

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–L and 12 colors).

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