Whether you prefer high-waisted gym leggings to tuck your stomach in, or want a pair that won’t bunch around your ankles during a deep squat, there are endless options out there. The best pair of gym leggings operate like a second skin, staying put throughout your workout, allowing you to move freely and keeping cool as you sweat. You don’t want to have to worry about them ripping mid-squat, either, which is why you should look for durable fabrics with plenty of stretch.
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If you’re planning to wear your gym leggings regularly, make sure they have anti-odour properties as well. This will quash bacteria that build up causing your gymwear to smell no matter how often you wash them. To prevent this, air your leggings out after each use and before you pop them in the washing machine – you could even hang them outside on a drying rack. Also, wash them inside out to avoid shrinking or pilling.
For a high-performance pair that will do it all, go for a pair from a trusted fitness brand. These will be designed to last and will typically have a moisture-wicking fabric that transfers sweat away from your body, says Alex Boardman, county tennis player and physiotherapist for Aston Villa FC. You can also look for organic fabrics and a label that focuses on ethical production, minimising water use, empowering workers and ensuring they’re paid a living wage.
There’s a huge price range for gym leggings but this shouldn’t be a deterrent to buying the best pair for you. You can find affordable pairs from as little as PS20, up to PS100+ for a premium pair.