If you’re like us, you probably have a plethora of women’s workout leggings in your collection. What you might not know is that each style serves a different purpose and is specifically designed to help you get the most out of your workout, whether you’re practicing downward dog or crushing reps at the gym. Read on to learn more about the different types of workout pants for women.
Women’s Workout Leggings for Pilates and Yoga
A regular pair of leggings worn to yoga or Pilates class might not give you the same level of support, flexibility, and coverage as specially designed workout clothes. Opt for a pair that’s made from thick, stretchy fabric and strategically created to keep up with you as you go through your stretches and poses. On the compression scale, these leggings will fall under “light or low”. They give you just enough compression, while not being too tight. Our ideal yoga or Pilates outfit includes a loose, flowy tank top, a light-compression sports bra, and women’s workout leggings with light compression. Consider keeping these essentials in a handy gym bag so you’re always ready to catch a class on the fly.
Women’s Workout Leggings for Running
Running and athletics leggings are engineered to aid in muscle recovery. Finding the right leggings is just as important as picking out a pair of women's sneakers that offer you the right amount of stability and support. For lighter jogs, light compression gym leggings should do the trick. For more intense runs and short sprints, we recommend medium-to-high compression leggings and sports bras. Many runners prefer leggings with a high rise for extra coverage and a seamless design that won’t chafe or scratch while logging miles. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for fabrics that wick sweat and dry quickly. Designs with mesh panels at the legs or back of the knees offer extra breathability that’ll help keep you cool and ventilated during long training runs.
Women’s Workout Leggings for HIIT or Heavy Lifting
Everyone wants to know if their leggings will pass the “squat test”, which basically means they’re super flexible and not sheer. For more intense workouts and leg days, a high-compression legging made of opaque fabrics like nylon or polyester will be your new best friend. They’re available in full length, 7/8 length, capri length, and biker shorts so you’re ready to crush your workout even if the gym is extra cool or extra humid. For HIIT and lifting, we prefer sleeveless workout tops or roomy tees that give you an extra range of motion.
Shop workout leggings for women, available at Macy’s.