Best Workout Leggings 2022 – Best Women’s Leggings to Exercise In

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In the last decade, leggings have become a go-to in women’s wardrobes, and for good reason. They’re more stylish than ever, so easy to throw on, and still look good for casual outings like lunch or shopping. You can dress them up with button-downs, blazers, and heels. And of course, they’re the perfect workout clothing staple.

There are so many options out there — from a plethora of brands, at varying price points, and made of various materials — that it’s hard to know how to find the best workout leggings. Luckily for you, I’ve tried hundreds of them — I’m not embarrassed to say that during the pandemic, I wore them practically every day. In fact, I find it so foreign these days to wear what I call “hard pants” (i.e. jeans), that I’ve invested thousands of dollars in leggings — from workout leggings to everyday leggings to fancy leggings. (And truly, there’s a perfect legging for every occasion.)

For the purposes of this article, I’ve narrowed down my top picks for workout leggings. These are truly my favorites. How do I know they’re “the best”? Because I’ve tossed or donated many leggings from other brands, while these pairs reigned supreme and remain in my rotation to this day.

The workout leggings on this list met the following criteria:

  • They hug my tummy.
  • They don’t trap sweat — they breathe!
  • They don’t make me feel too hot or too cold.
  • They give my butt a boost.
  • They are easy to put on but also stay in place.
  • And most importantly, after I washed them, they snapped back to their original form.

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    most innovative leggings


    Boost PowerHold High-Waisted 7/8 Legging

    Material 88% Polyester, 12% Elastane
    Available Sizes XXS to 4X

    best budget workout leggings with pockets


    Thick High Waist Yoga Pants with Pockets

    Product Specs

    Material 88% Polyester, 12% Spandex
    Available Sizes XS to 3X

    best workout pants that don’t look like leggings


    Women’s Resistance Pants

    Product Specs

    Material 86% Polyester, 14% Elastane; Resistance bands are 100% natural rubber
    Available Sizes XS to 3XL

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    Fast and Free High-Rise Crop 23″ Leggings

    Product Specs

    Material 84% Nylon, 16% Lycra for body; 89% Nylon, 11% Elastane for waistband
    Available Sizes 0 to 20

    best basic budget leggings


    Buttery Soft High-Waisted Yoga Pants

    Product Specs

    Material 80% Nylon, 20% Spandex
    Available Sizes XS to XL

    best workout leggings for warmth


    HEATTECH Leggings

    Product Specs

    Materials 38% Polyester, 30% Acrylic, 20% Rayon, 12% Spandex
    Available Sizes XS to XXL

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    Kindred Bravely

    Louisa Ultra High-Waisted Maternity Leggings

    Product Specs

    Material 85% Polyester, 15% Spandex
    Available Sizes S to XXL

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    Ultra High-Rise Elation Tight

    Product Specs

    Material Nylon, Elastane
    Available Sizes XXS to 3X

    best workout unitard

    Wear One’s At

    Liberty Unitard

    Product Specs

    Material 59% Polyamide, 41% Elastane
    Available Sizes XS to L

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    Aspen Leggings

    Product Specs

    Material 93% Tencel Lyocell (fiber from the pulp of trees), 7% Spandex
    Available Sizes XS to 6X

    best leggings with a skirt

    Sol Sister

    2-1 Midnight Blue Long and Lovely Skort Leggings

    Product Specs

    Material 77% Polyester, 23% Spandex
    Available Sizes XS to XL

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    Familiar Yet Different

    Size Inclusive Leggings with Pockets

    Product Specs

    Material 82% Polyester, 18% Spandex
    Available Sizes 2XS to 6XL

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