There was much rejoicing at Coach once sports luxe became an acceptable part of street style, because it meant we could wear our favourite leggings outside of the gym. However, with more brands than ever jumping on the athleisure bandwagon, quality has suffered and you’ll find some leggings won’t be able to keep up with you – cue bumcrack flashing during plyo lunges, underwear reveals at the bottom of sumo squats, or some very awkward downward dog crotch sweat patches.
If you’re in the market for decent gym leggings that support you, shape you and help your performance while leaving you feeling sufficiently stylish to stop for a post-session coffee, you’ll find some great options below.
Versatile enough to take you from the studio to the street, this pair from Reebok look as good during your workout as they do with an baggy sweater. They’ll keep you cool and dry during sweaty sessions at the gym, and the spandex in the polyester mix means they’re stretchy enough for your yoga class too. We love the rustic wine colourway, but there’s also a more conservative black.
Buy from Reebok | £34.95
These sleek leggings have you covered whether your thing is parkrun PBs, boxing classes, Pilates poses or outdoor adventure-seeking, with quick-dry flexible fabric that will keep you comfortable in all conditions. Cropped just above the ankles for added style points, this pair also feature a key pocket, a wide waistband to avoid impromptu flashing, and reflective branding for the long winter nights.
Buy from Asics | £55
These purse-friendly full-length tights from H&M are ideal for the environmentally conscious exerciser – they’re made partly from recycled materials. They’re also quick-drying and feature a waist-whittling band designed to give you both support and shape, while the style and colour will suit both the gym and running errands.
Buy from H&M | £24.99
There’s so much to love about these bum-sculpting leggings it’s tough to know where to start, but we’ll begin with the adjustable waistband and supportive, stretchy material. The handy phone-sized rear pocket has a zip to keep all your essentials safe, while we’re confident the star print will make you the envy of all other gym-goers.
Buy from Sweaty Betty | £75
For women that mean business, these hardcore high-rise Nike training tights have a supportive, high-waist cross-over design that makes them ideal for high-intensity workouts. Nike’s Dri-FIT tech ensures you keep cool and the close fit means they can also be used as a base layer when it gets chilly.
Buy from Nike | £37.95
For the fit fashionista, these stunning snake-print leggings are bang on trend. The soft, sweat-repelling fabric has luxe appeal and the stretchy anti-static fabric aids free and easy movement. The savvy laser-cut hem prevents ankle irritation and if the animal print isn’t for you, there are a host of stylish alternatives to choose from.
Buy from Varley | £86
These autumnal Adidas wonders will help you stand out from the pack in all the right ways. Expect comfort from the soft, stretchy fabric and a solid waistband that supports and stays put during even the most vigorous workout.
Buy from Adidas | £59.95
With the festive season upon us, it only felt right to include these Aurique tights that add a bit of glitz and glam to your workout with their sparkly gold metallic panels. Comfortable, stretchy, supportive and with a shaping high waistband, they’re a steal at £20.
Buy from Amazon | £20