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Best gym leggings 2022

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. 

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Nov 22, 2021

A decent pair of leggings for exercise is the difference between a good session and a bad one. We've researched the market and found this exceptional range of gym leggings to help you keep fit like a pro.

Sweaty Betty Power Leggings, from £65

“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.”

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.

Yoga Leggs Biker Pants, £45

“Yoga Leggs are my favourite, they have a nice high waist and are good if you like a pattern.”

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.

Under Armour Women’s Leggings, from £39.99

“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.”

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.

USA Pro Women’s Training Tights, from £22

“USA Pro do fantastic leggings. I’ve tried many and I only wear them now.”

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.

Lapasa High Waisted Leggings, from £19.99

“The Lapasa ones from Amazon are really good and they come in so many colours.”

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.

Nike Epic Lux Leggings, £74.95

“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.”

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.

How we chose our recommendations

All of our recommendations for trainers came from Mumsnet users themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which trainers that Mumsnetters really loved. We also looked at other reviews to see which trainers performed well across the board.

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