With so many options, the search for the best gym leggings can sometimes feel like a bit of a minefield.
So strip it back to what you know you are looking for: squat-proof pants that support without buckling under the pressure; opaque leggings that don’t give the rest of the gym a ‘cheeky’ flash every time you do downward dog; and a stylish pair that make you feel and look good.
The best gym leggings will be on-trend, high-quality, sweat-wicking and worthy of featuring in your Instagram Stories when you feel like showing off your workout routine.
Not only are they great for the gym, but they’re also spilling over into street style, with the likes of the Kardashians and Bella Hadid spotted working them for their body-sculpting and shaping prowess.
Whether you’re a HIIT fan or spinning sister, we’ve picked out our favourite gym leggings to cover all bases and take you from bootcamp to barre in style.
Best gym leggings
Everybody needs a good solid pair of black gym leggings in their workout wardrobe. These top-quality sculpting leggings will see you through circuits to ‘shred’ with ease – no unwanted see-through mishaps or chafing involved.
The high-rise waist is ultra-flattering and the graduating compression panels offer excellent support.
Price: £38, ASOS – buy here now
There’s nothing like pulling on a funky pair of gym leggings to give you that extra boost to go from sofa to spin class.
And these neon coral beauties have got that power to move you. Great for everything from HIIT workouts to running, these leggings feature elastic banding, a reinforced waistband, flattering high-rise fit, and convenient slip side pockets. A pretty cool pair of gym leggings, and we’re adding to basket ourselves.
Price: £88, Free People – buy here now
Activewear meets fashion in these enduring leopard print gym leggings. If you’re somebody that likes to turn heads for all the right reasons, these are the pair for you.
On-trend, yes, but not just a pretty face; the widecut high-waist is supportive, and the mesh inserts make it breathable. Time to go wild on the running machine.
Price: £40, ASOS – buy here now
With over 1,100 rave reviews on its site, these Sweaty Betty power players are a super-safe buy you’ll wear time and again.
We love the cool camo print, the handy side pockets, bum-sculpting fabric, high-waist adjustable drawcord and sweat-wicking and quick-drying properties. Also available in other camo-print colours, as well as plain khaki, navy and black.
Price: £75, Sweaty Betty – buy here
We love the gorgeous, rich colours of these burgundy and pink stripe gym leggings. An alternative to black but not too look-at-me for anyone that likes to fly a little under-the-radar but still ooze style.
Not just a pretty face, these also boast a reinforced waistband, slick and stretchy material, and are made by women for women. We love.
Price: £98, Free People – buy here now
Make floor work a breeze with these versatile gym leggings from cool kid on the block, Lululemon.
They feature a zip-free waistband pocket that doesn’t dig in during crunches, and fabric that’s engineered to keep you feeling cool and dry in hot, sweaty indoor environments. What’s more, we love the fashionable khaki colour, too.
Price: £74, Lululemon – buy here now
Adidas always offers high-quality gymwear, and we love the inky blue hue of these lovely leggings.
Taking you through your toughest sessions with ease, these long-leg tights are made of stretchy fabric that will keep your body dry. There’s also an inner pocket for small essentials.
Price: from £22, Amazon – buy here now
Red alert! Go bright and bold in these blackout-fabric gym leggings from Gap. We love the showstopping colour and stripe pattern, adding vibrancy and life to any workout.
The leggings smooth and support while you exercise, they have a hidden pocket at the back of the waistband, and the breathable, moisture-wicking material keeps your skin dry.
Price: £44.07, Gap – buy here now
Sleek and stylish, these Reebok gym leggings merge the best of both worlds – looking and feeling good.
The elasticated waistband is comfortable and the flat lock seams prevent chafing, while the fabric keeps skin dry and the mesh panelling makes them breathable. A reliable purchase that you can wear to any type of workout.
Price: from £35, Amazon – buy here now