Best gym leggings 2020
13 December 2019
Say goodbye to pockets in uncomfortable places and waistbands that never stay in place with this round up of the favourite gym leggings from our forums
Sweaty Betty Power Leggings, from £65
Not many gym leggings out there hold a candle to Sweaty Betty’s range of Power Leggings: engineered to sculpt like never before, Mumsnetters love the stretch, performance and versatility they provide. This Union Jack style in particular wins points for its chic design and bum-sculpting properties, and the adjustable drawcord means they'll stay firmly in place for every workout. Super hardworking. Super squat-proof. It’s a winning formula that’s hard to beat.
“My squat-proof, belly-squashing, bum-defining best leggings are the Sweaty Betty Power Leggings. They survived a nasty fall off a kerb, where my knee was scraped and bleeding but the leggings were totally unmarked. Quite brilliant.”Buy now from Sweaty Betty
ASOS 4505 Icon Run Tie Waist Legging, £18
ASOS's range of activewear is making waves across the forum thanks to the seriously affordable price tags and fashionable designs. These 4505 high-rise gym leggings tick all the right boxes; they’re sporty, cool and feature an elasticated waist for total comfort no matter what the workout. Like other styles in the 4505 range, these sports leggings reflect the latest trends while working hard to keep you cool and performing at your best. What more could you want for £18?
“I really like ASOS for sports stuff. They have their own range, 4505, and I've recently got two of these in the sale and they are very thick and smooth the tummy.”
“ASOS 4505 ones are the best I’ve ever worn. They're high-waisted and thick, but still stretchy.”Buy now from ASOS
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Yoga Leggs Biker Pants, £45
Another firm favourite among Mumsnetters are these Biker Pants from Yoga Leggs. They are the epitome of sport-luxe – not to mention fully functional whatever your gym class of choice. Made from top quality fabric, Yoga Leggs are a great brand renowned for keeping you fresh and comfortable all workout long, thanks to the moisture-wicking and antibacterial properties. Plus, the cool biker vibe these leggings give out make them perfect popping to the shops on the way back from your session.
“Yoga Leggs are my favourite, they have a nice high waist and are good if you like a pattern.”Buy now from Yoga Leggs
Under Armour Women’s Leggings, from £24
With these Under Armour gym leggings you’ll certainly look the part. Constructed with a soft, brushed interior and sleek, smooth exterior, this pair will keep your temperature just right. They wick away sweat, dry really quickly and have a unique four-way stretch so you can be as active as you like. With a super-soft elasticated waist, Mumsnetters like they they’re unlikely to dig in and cause discomfort. Pick these for a chafe-free gym session.
“Under Armour are amazing and wash beautifully.”
“I train six times a week and basically rotate four pairs of Under Armour leggings without an issue. They're squat-proof, slip-proof, and super comfy. I am short (5'1) so I wear the capri length which come to my ankles perfectly without any rolling at the end like normal leggings.”Buy now from Amazon
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USA Pro Women’s Training Tights, from £11
Designed to make sure your gym sessions are the best they can be, these USA Pro Training Tights feature a lightweight design, flatlock seams and elasticated waist. Mumsnetters rate them for being the ultimate all-rounder, allowing you to stretch and bend in all kinds of directions and still stay comfy. This design also has a zipped pocket, PRO-dry technology, USA Pro branding and is easy to machine wash while still retaining its firmness and shape.
“USA Pro do fantastic leggings. I’ve tried many and I only wear them now.”Buy now from Amazon
Lapasa High Waisted Leggings, from £11.99
A front-runner for affordability and functionality, these Lapasa high waisted gym leggings are begging to be taken for a spin. Gone are the days of stressing over whether your underwear is glaring at the people behind you. Now, thanks to a thickened crotch area, you’re free to focus on what matters – getting through that last squat. The interlock seams are also an added bonus as they help to reduce chafing and irritation while you're on the move.
“The Lapasa ones from Amazon are really good and they come in so many colours.”Buy now from Amazon
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Lululemon All The Right Places HR Pant, from £84
A brand with a reputation for perfection – and a price tag to match. Mumsnetters with more of a budget turn to Lululemon leggings. These all-sport, high-rise gym leggings use unique zoned compression to keep you fully supported in all the right places thanks to four-way stretch fabric. Expect great coverage, a smooth feel and hardworking durability. Pick from up to 10 chic colours and you’re good to go.
“Lululemon. The fabric is just right, they don't roll down, they come with a drawstring, and they have several pockets for keys and stuff. They're all I wear now.”Buy now from Lululemon
Nike Epic Lux Leggings, £74.95
Stay motivated with these Nike Epic Lux Leggings. They boast optimum performance levels as well as innovative sweat-wicking technology to bring you the ultimate pair of sports leggings. They stay exactly where they are supposed to, no matter how vigorous the workout, so you’re bound to go a little longer thanks to the added comfort and support. This style features multiple hidden pockets for security and is available in three colours.
“I always run in Nike Epic running tights. Nothing else stays up quite as well. I put my phone in the back pocket with music and that still doesn't drag them down.”Buy now from Nike
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