12 Best Workout Leggings for Every Type of Exercise

Wunder Train High-Rise Tight

Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight

The compressive, smooth exterior of these Lululemon leggings helps support you during strenuous, high-impact exercise like running or CrossFit. The hidden drawcord in the waistband holds this pair perfectly in place. One tester shared, “When I bent my body and moved around, the leggings stayed put.” They come in a wide variety of options including 23-, 25-, 28- and 31-inch inseams and 13 colors like reds, blues and greens. We recommend the version of these leggings with pockets if you love having your phone and essentials easily accessible, but note they are more expensive.

“These are my new favorite leggings,” said one tester, and several others echoed the sentiment. Testers loved the soft, smooth fabric that offers comfortable compression. We found it isn’t see-through at all, making it totally “squat proof,” but some testers preferred a less compressive fit. Up to the challenge of your sweatiest high-impact workouts, this pair of leggings proved to be durable. It showed minimal shrinkage after laundering and no pilling in our Lab evaluations. The fabric immediately wicked away moisture, so it will help to keep you dry.

High Waisted Workout Leggings 7/8 Length

Colorfulkoala High Waisted Workout Leggings 7/8 Length

These affordable Colorfulkoala leggings outperformed other styles that sell for quadruple the price. The soft polyester/spandex fabric provides comfy compression making this a great pick for low-impact workouts. The fabric maintained its shape after being stretched in the Lab and stayed in pristine condition workout after workout, but it had lower moisture management scores and wasn’t fully opaque.

These leggings received the highest consumer score out of all the pairs we tested; one tester even said, “I like them better than my other high-end expensive workout leggings.” When they learned the price, all testers reported that they planned to buy more pairs. One tester said she wore this pair for all types of exercise “from HIIT and lifting to yoga and Pilates.” With over 45,000 Amazon reviewers, this pick has convenient side pockets and 28 color options to show off your personality while at the gym.