The 19 Best Workout Leggings For Women

From affordable finds to trendy fits, here are the best workout leggings for all your needs!

By: Dominique Michelle Astorino

One of our personal favorite ways to rejuvenate a workout routine or regain motivation is to snag a fresh new pair of workout leggings. Yoga pants, running tights, training leggings… it all works! There’s something about a new set that brings a certain air of excitement and gets you amped to hop into a sweat sesh. 

Regardless of budget, workout style, or style preference, we rounded up the best of the best leggings in every category. From bargain finds to chic looks you can pair with designer accessories and everything in between, you’re certain to find your new favorite here. 

The Best Leggings On Amazon

Amazon Essentials ($17)

A bargain if there ever was one, Amazon Essentials has created an under $20 option with nearly 1,000 ratings and a 4.5 star score. These high-waisted cropped leggings are machine washable and come in four classic colors.

Dragon Fit ($23)

Side pockets, a high rise, over 20 colors, and over 20k reviews make these best-selling Amazon leggings an obvious choice. Make sure you read the reviews to get an idea for the fit and can make the right choice. 

The Gym People ($25)

Another option with pockets and a high rise, The Gym People, provide a top choice on Amazon at a crazy-competitive price. Thick but breathable, these full-length leggings have earned accolades in the review section that include “Best. Yoga. Pants. Ever!!!” and “Oh These are Great!!!!!!” So… do what you will with that information. 

Colorful Koala ($25)

Perhaps the best choice on Amazon, another one that rings in at just $25, comes from Colorful Koala. With over 45k reviews, 4.5 stars, and over two dozen color combos (noticing a theme?!), they’ve got a brushed, cottony finish, deep pockets, and a seamless waistband. 

Leggings Under $40

Fabletics 2 for $24 Intro Deal ($24)

Though you have to sign up for a membership to get this particular deal, one of the biggest bargains you can get on a pair of leggings (two, in this case) is through Kate Hudson’s brand Fabletics. 

Old Navy High-Waisted PowerSoft Leggings ($37)

Soft, light, smooth, and ‘peachy’ in feel, these ultra-cozy leggings won’t break the bank. And one of the best parts of Old Navy is that you can almost always score an additional discount, so you’ll likely never pay full price on these already bargain-friendly finds.

HUE Cotton Ultra Legging ($36)

Another best-seller, Hue’s stretchy, 54% cotton leggings, offer an efficient, well-constructed basic at an affordable price point (with over 8,000 reviews and 4.5 stars!). The Navy and Country Blue color options are especially stylish, too.

Target Simplicity Mid-Rise Capri ($20)

For twenty bucks, these cropped leggings are moisture-wicking, machine washable, and available in 10 lovely colors. Because they’re not compression leggings, they’re best for low impact exercises like Pilates, barre, and yoga.

Leggings With Pockets

Lululemon Fast & Free ($128)

This editor’s favorite running tights of all time, the Lululemon Fast & Free, is bedecked with convenient-yet-sleek pockets that won’t chafe or rub. There’s also superb compression (it has a particularly strong and firm waistband), making them a great choice for anything high impact. 

Nike Epic Luxe ($90)

In all honesty, it was hard to pick a category for the Nike Epic Luxe tights; they’re silky smooth, offer exceptional compression for HIIT and runs, and (of course) have great pockets. They’re an all-around athlete favorite, well-constructed, and under a hundred bucks. A win!

Leggings For Yoga

Athleta Salutation Capri ($89)

This fabric, according to Athleta, “feels like a hug” and is specifically designed for a distraction-free yoga practice. Athleta is one of the most trusted athletic wear brands, and this is just one of many beautiful offerings in their collection of yoga-ready pants.

Nike Yoga ($60)

Another one of Nike’s standout leggings, the Yoga tight brings softness and gentle compression together in a high-rise silhouette. Bonus: they’re made from 75% recycled materials. 

Leggings For Running & High Impact

Set Active Sculptflex ($72)

Compression is the name of the game for running and other high-impact exercises (like HIIT, kickboxing, and plyometrics). The Sculptflex collection from Set Active is designed with those activities in mind and crafted to deliver high compression to hold it all in as you bounce and jump around. 

Lululemon All The Right Places ($118)

Built with the most compression across the Lululemon line, these really hold you together even in the wildest of workouts. Thanks to slick, frictionless Luxtreme fabric, you won’t chafe, either.

The Most Stylish Leggings 

Alo Airbrush High-Waist Flutter Legging ($108)

You know your leggings are stylish when you can style them with Prada loafers (as easily as you can wear them barefoot to yoga). A bootcut flair with a split lends a retro aesthetic to this uniquely chic style.

Alo Ribbed Blissful Legging ($98)

Another choice from Alo (as you’ve noticed, one of our favs) this soft rib provides comfort while staying on-trend, and the color options are straight-off-the-runway stylish. Act quickly though; if you like a particular color, make sure you grab it before it’s gone.

Best of the Best

With so many great options out there, we couldn’t choose just one! So, we’re giving you our top three. When it comes to comfort, fit, and function, these are the best workout leggings for women. 

Lululemon Align ($98)

These have been a fitness editor favorite for the better part of a decade, and for a reason! Smooth like butter, this fabric’s second-skin feel allows for a distraction-free practice, whether you’re in a Bird of Paradise bind, on a run, or marathoning a show on Netflix (we’ve all been there!). 

Alo Airlift ($118)

Wildly trendy, exceptionally popular in the athleisure world and fitness scenes of LA and NYC (and your Instagram feed), Alo has quickly become the “It girl” of workout wear. With a slight sheen, a slick fabric, and a high rise, these come in a constantly rotating variety of super stylish colors, and they’re insanely comfortable to boot.

Beyond Yoga Spacedye Caught In The Midi ($97)

This best-seller has adorned the bodies of yogis, athletes, and grocery shoppers alike for years. It offers moderate compression, making it a flexible choice for a variety of activities, and the design details make them equally versatile. A 5” waistband gives excellent coverage, no outside seams ensure you’re chafe-free, and the above the ankle hem ensures no bunching. 

Legging Shopping Just Got Way Easier 

With countless legging options out there, it can be hard to decide which pair to pick. Refer back to this list for some of the best workout leggings for women, broken down by budget, fitness activity, and style. Never settle for a mediocre pair of leggings again! 

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