Top 10 Best Workout Leggings in 2022
With loungewear and athleisure dominating our wardrobes, newsfeeds and local retail stores, it can be hard to distinguish which are the best workout leggings for each exercise. A good pair of leggings can make a huge difference to your workout session. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself halfway through a workout, pulling up the waistband or feeling covered in sweat, wishing you had worn a pair of leggings that were designed for that particular exercise.
So what should I look out for when looking for the best workout leggings?
When you are shopping for the best workout leggings for your chosen exercise, keep in mind that the pair you choose should be comfortable, breathable, moisture-wicking and durable. You should feel as though they fit well and stay in place, all the while looking good (obviously).
You are also going to want to choose leggings that are specifically designed for the activity you are buying them for. For example, you wouldn’t buy yoga leggings for high intensity workouts like running or cycling or weight bearing exercises.
For low-impact activities such as yoga or pilates, you’re going to want a legging with soft fabric that looks matte. Runners should look for women’s activewear made with a smooth, shiny fabric to reduce chafing.
For weight bearing exercises in the gym, we recommend looking for synthetic performance fibres such as nylon and polyester, as they’re moisture-wicking, durable and have more stretch. We also recommend practising a ‘squat test’ in the changeroom to check the leggings are squat proof.
What’s a squat test?
A squat test is something we do EVERY time at HyperLuxe. It’s as easy as it sounds - simply pull on your leggings, grab a mirror and squat! If you can see your underwear through the stretched fabric, these leggings are not suitable for squatting, and we’ve just saved you from future embarrassment in the gym. You’re welcome.
So now we know what makes a pair of leggings suitable, and we’re armed with the squat test, let’s get shopping!
Here are the best workout leggings for 2022
- Beyond Yoga High Waisted Midi Legging
Beyond Yoga is the go-to for yoga apparel. Their best-selling High Waisted Midi Leggings are built to last and made with their buttery soft, high quality performance fabric Beyond Yoga. These amazing leggings sport Beyond Yoga’s signature 5” waistband that sits at the natural waist, have no outside seams, and are available in four colour options; Rainforest Blue Heather, Pewter Heather, Silver Mist, and Chocolate Chip Espresso. If you’re after something essentially the same but with pockets, the Beyond Yoga Out of Pocket High Waisted Midi Legging is your go-to with that same buttery soft feel and ultra soft band.
Available in black and navy, Nimble’s Extend Legging allows you to extend to your full potential on and off the reformer. An incredible feat in women’s gymwear in Australia, the Extend Legging has a contouring seam detailing that hugs your bum and legs for that natural lift effect, and is made of a soft, breathable, sweat-wicking nylon and spandex blend that gives you extra stretch and mobility.
I mean…. who would we be if we didn’t include P.E. Nation? The Wondergoal Leggings are made with a shiny recycled nylon/elastane and feature a comfy elasticized waistband and pull on style. Perfect for those wearing them for runs! We’re not saying the super chic colour block panels make you go faster, but we’re also NOT not saying that either ;)
All hail Nude Lucy tights! Made in a recycled performance fabrication with a matte, velvety finish crafted from recycled nylon and 25% lycra, Nude Lucy Active ⅞ Tights are perfect for yoga. These incredible leggings are just one of the reasons we LOVE women’s gym wear in Australia. These leggings have four-way stretch and have been designed to sculpt and smooth, whilst providing full coverage and support for low impact activities. Plus, they look good on everyone.
- Leelo Active Pocket ⅞ Legging
Leelo Active knows exactly what women want out of a pair of workout leggings. These incredible leggings are 100% squat proof (tick), have no front seam and diamond crotch gusset A.K.A. no camel toe, they feature a seamless tapered high-waisted waistband that doesn’t fall down and provides tummy control, AND they have pockets. Enough said. Also available in full length.
Runners - these ones are for you. You will never have to worry about hiking, tweaking or shimmying in Nimble’s iconic Made To Move Leggings. Crafted from old recycled bottles, these sustainable workout leggings are buttery soft, sweat wicking, lightweight and offer a drawstring to customise your fit. PLUS they have two drop-in side pockets to stash your phone and other essentials while running. Available in black and charcoal. Or if you’d prefer full length, Nimble has a pair for that too. You’re welcome.
Made from a brand new recycled sculpting fabric, the Lilybod Nile Legging is good for you and for the planet! These sustainable leggings feature a high-waisted, full length design, with a super sneaky intern pocket to hold your phone.
Nimble’s One More Rep Tights were made for our list of the best workout leggings. These amazing ultra soft and lightweight leggings feel like a second skin, whether you’re running, jumping, stretching, squatting! They are moisture wicking, stretchy and made from old recycled plastic bottles.
Hellooo beautiful! Made in Lilybod’s signature sculpting fabric, these amazing leggings are high-waisted high-waisted, full length, and have a hidden pocket perfect for keys when you head to the gym or to catch up for coffee with the girls. We just love the pop of colour!
- 4TH Sport Maddox Legging
Last, but certainly not least, yogis will absolutely love 4TH Sport’s iconic Maddox Leggings. Made with an organic cotton blend, these super soft ribbed seamless leggings are ideal for low-impact sports. Pair them with the Maddox Top for the ultimate co-ord.
To put our squat test to good use and to check out the best activewear in Australia, pop past our Karrinyup, North Beach, Applecross or Dunsborough locations, or head to our website to shop women’s workout leggings online.