The 17 Best Leggings to Conquer Your Workout
No matter how impressive our workout wardrobe may be, we always have room for more leggings. Quite a few pairs have made it into our hall of fame through the years, but there's no time like the present to treat yourself to another pair. We love leggings because they are so versatile; leggings are perfect for workouts and ideal for lounging, running errands, and working from home. Who wouldn't love that?
We truly believe you can never have too many leggings. There's the supersoft pair you love to spend the day in, the pair you always reach for before heading to indoor cycling classes, the pair that can withstand whatever kind of strength workout you feel like crushing at the gym that day, and the pair that will keep you supported through even the trickiest yoga inversions. Of all the styles you could possibly choose, we've determined that these are the 17 best workout leggings on the market.
Whether you're looking for the most comfortable leggings, the best leggings with pockets, the best leggings for running, or the best yoga leggings, our shopping experts found the pairs you won't want to take off. Plus, we even included TikTok-approved leggings you'll want to wear on repeat and a cute crossover style that's trendy and functional. They'll also make your butt look great, which is always a winning feature. Now all you have to do is get moving and shop our picks for the best workout leggings for women below.
— Additional reporting by India Yaffe
Best Amazon Leggings
These Seasum High Waist Leggings ($15, originally $22) are the viral TikTok leggings you no doubt remember from the past year. They sculpt your butt like no other and will have everyone turning their heads, thanks to both the textured fabric and the ruching at the bum. You can find them on Amazon, and given their super-affordable price tag, they belong in your cart ASAP. Our editor wrote a full review of the Seasum High Waist Leggings if you're curious to learn even more about these scrunch-butt leggings.
What reviewers say: One purchaser notes, "I bought these because one reason: enhance the booty. Disclaimer: I already have a nice butt. However, these greatly accentuated it." Another customer noted, "Just buy them. You won't be disappointed! I bought them in white, and they do pass the squat test. They also make your butt look huge."
Why we love them: These leggings are super flattering and affordable — what's not to love? The textured fabric helps accentuate the booty and will make you want to stare into your gym's mirror all-day long.
What's worth noting: While these leggings are the ultimate booty enhancer, some reviewers note that they don't have the greatest tummy control despite the style's high-waisted design.
The details: Sizes: XS–4XL | Length: 26" | Colorways: 9
Best Leggings For Hiking
As if we needed any reason to love leggings more than we already do, this viral Outdoor Voices Snacks 7/8 Legging ($118) is fitted with deep side pockets that are actually designed with snacks in mind. The pant is perfect for the average hiker or runner who likes to carry a little treat with them when they're on the go. Besides being a cult-favorite style on TikTok, these top-rated leggings also have the POPSUGAR editor seal of approval, as detailed in this Outdoor Voices Snacks Legging review.
What reviewers say: Shoppers are just as obsessed with the pockets on these leggings as we are, with one saying, "I love these leggings — they are super versatile and feel like a second skin. I mostly wear them hiking, but have also gone climbing, biking and backpacking in them. Big fan of the number of pockets, and I also love the little backpack, which also works on belt loops on jeans if you don't want to bring a whole purse with you somewhere, but don't want your pockets full of stuff."
Why we love them: These soft leggings are super lightweight and almost feel like a second skin. We can easily move around in them, whether we're hiking, biking, or heading out for a run.
What's worth noting: These leggings are on the thinner side, and some reviewers have noted that the pant is see-through in a few of the lighter colors.
The details: Sizes: XS–XL | Length: 26" | Colorways: 3
Best Thick Leggings
We all know that some of our workout leggings are thicker than others; they're the ones we love when it's a bit colder outside. The Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tights ($109) are the go-to leggings when you want to feel comfy but still held in. These are great for low-impact workouts like yoga and Pilates where you aren't getting drenched in sweat. Explore all of the brand's best leggings in our Athleta shopping guide.
What reviewers say: One person said, "I love that they stay in place, unlike other brands that I am pulling up as I walk. Very soft and comfortable!" Another one raved, "This legging is very soft and doesn't cut off my circulation . . . yet it still holds everything in. I can wear these all day with no problem. It's also flattering. I definitely recommend."
Why we love them: These leggings make your butt look amazing. They're perfectly compressive and thick enough to be warm and comfortable, plus we can't stop staring at ourselves in the mirror when we wear them.
What's worth noting: These leggings are, as we've said, thicker than most. They're not too heavy, and are fine if you're planning on working out hard, but if you're doing hot yoga, you might want something a little more breathable.
The details: Sizes: XXS–3X | Length: 25", 27", 30" | Colorways: 5
Best High-Waisted Workout Leggings
Fair warning: you're going to want to live in the Lululemon Align Pant II ($98–$118). The athletic leggings are so soft, you'll feel like you're not wearing anything, which is actually the purpose of the fabric it's made of. These are definitely yoga leggings as opposed to a running or HIIT legging, but they can also be an errands legging, a brunch legging, or really just anytime workout leggings. Plus, there's even a pair with pockets! Explore all of the great Lululemon leggings in our shopping guide, and learn more about this style in our Lululemon Align Leggings review.
What reviewers say: These pants have more than 5,000 five-star reviews, with one user saying, "I need 949575853 more. It feels like i'm wearing nothing! The quality is absolutely there. The comfort is there. I want to wear nothing else but these leggings."
Why we love them: The comfortable lounge leggings of your dreams do exist, and you'll find yourself doing laundry just so that you can wear them again.
What's worth noting: Like almost all Lululemon pants, these are high rise.
The details: Sizes: 0–20 | Length: 25", 28", 31" inseam | Colorways: 23
Best Affordable Leggings
If you want comfortable, affordable workout leggings, you need these Old Navy High-Waisted PowerSoft Side-Pocket Leggings ($30–$40, originally $40). They've got a side pocket that's so useful and Go-Dry moisture-wicking technology to keep you dry and comfortable. Their high-rise waistband will make you feel secure but not stifled, while their pocket is large enough to stash your phone in. Explore all of the great Old Navy leggings in our shopping guide, and you can also read our editor's review of the Old Navy High-Waisted PowerSoft Side-Pocket Leggings.
What reviewers say: Customers love these pants, with one saying: "I will never buy another brand after wearing these to the gym. They were the comfiest to work out in." Another person said, "These are my favorite leggings. They don't slide down or ball up. These are the best ones I've worn."
Why we love them: Simply put: these leggings don't move. They stay on throughout your workout and are so comfortable that they feel a lot more expensive than they actually are. Plus, at just $40, they're affordable and perform like they're double or triple the price.
What's worth noting: These leggings are made of Old Navy's Powersoft fabric, which is lightly compressive and buttery soft. It also comes in tall and petite varieties. If you want a more compressive fit, consider sizing down.
The details: Sizes: XS–4X | Length: 26", 28", 32" | Colorways: 3
Best Athletic Leggings
Hailey Bieber has been spotted in these Tavi Space Dye High Waisted Leggings ($90) on a handful of occasions, so naturally we need a pair of our own, too. The athletic pants were designed with performance in mind, and are so lightweight, they almost feel like a second skin on the body that's made to move with you. Read our review of the Tavi Spacedye Leggings to learn more.
What reviewers say: One reviewer said: "The Spacedye leggings have an even softer feel than my Tavi black leggings, if you can even believe that. I cant wait to keep adding more Tavi [styles] to my activewear collection. High quality, super soft, and comfy. Obsessed!"
Why we love them: While the leggings are flexible, they're also meant to stay up on the body, so ensuring they won't fall down or slip off even while you're doing the most high-intensity activities.
What's worth noting: Unlike other workout leggings on this list, these pants have a much more limited selection, and are only available to shop in a misty gray coloring.
The details: Sizes: XS–XL | Length: 27.5" | Colorways: 1
Best Everyday Leggings
Not all leggings are made the same, and this cult-favorite Carbon38 High Rise Full-Length Legging in Melt ($108) is an especially great style for everyday wear. The stretchy pant is made of a body-hugging material that hugs the leg without constricting it. The pant is a POPSUGAR editor favorite, with one writer detailing that they're her favorite leggings to wear to yoga, brunch, and beyond. Read more in her Carbon38 High Rise Leggings review.
What reviewers say: Reviewers agree that this is a great everyday legging, with one shopper saying the pant is made from a "buttery soft fabric" and is "good for walking, yoga & errands."
Why we love them: These leggings might not be ideal for a high-intensity workout, but they are the style you'll want to slip into and lounge around in all day at home.
What's worth noting: Some reviewers have claimed that these Carbon38 leggings are too sheer and fit more like tights rather than leggings.
The details: Sizes: XS–XL | Length: 26" | Colorways: 6
Best Gym Leggings
These Alo High-Waist Airlift Leggings ($128) are so easy to move in, and they're also breathable. Plus, like much of Alo's clothes, they look so good on. There's really nothing better than that. Wear these workout leggings for your sweatiest, highest impact activities. Explore all of the great Alo leggings in our shopping guide, and read our editor's review of the Alo High-Waist Airlift Leggings.
What reviewers say: One person said that these leggings are "extremely comfortable. Material feels great. Really like the single seam, full length and high waist. True to size and fits wonderfully," while another person said, "absolutely love them, they hug and smooth you perfectly. Just get them!"
Why we love them: These are the leggings you're going to want to be seen in. The shiny fabric is so flattering, and feels like a second skin. When you wear them, you feel like you can take on the world.
What's worth noting: These leggings do run slightly small, so if you're in between sizes, we'd recommend sizing up. They also don't have pockets.
The details: Sizes: XXS–XL | Length: 28" | Colorways: 13
Best Workout Tights
Stick to the classics and opt for this Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight ($128–$138). The sweat-wicking leggings are made from Luxtreme, a Lululemon fabric designed to keep you feeling secure and fresh without fear of sweat staining the pants. One POPSUGAR editor wore the style to run the NYC Marathon and detailed her experience in this Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight review, saying, "These leggings are crafted from the brand's super-compressive Luxtreme fabric, which is smooth, cool to the touch, and sweat wicking, all features I look for in my ideal pair of tights. What I love most about them is they feature a contoured waistband that firmly hugs your waist so that they stay put during your workout."
What reviewers say: With hundreds of five-star reviews, these leggings are a worthwhile investment, with one reviewer writing, "Love the compression! Keeps everything in for intense work outs. Love these for boxing." Another person wrote, "Perfect fit for running and boxing workouts . . . Fabric is very reflective and great for early morning runs. The zipper pocket on the back waistband is big enough to fit an iPhone Plus with an Otter Box case."
Why we love them: These leggings are ideal for high-intensity workouts or any outdoor activities in warm temperatures.
What's worth noting: These leggings feature side pockets and a zippered back pocket, so you can carry any essentials with you while you're on the go.
The details: Sizes: 0–20 | Length: 25", 28" | Colorways: 12
Best Running Leggings
If the Align Pant was intriguing, but you consider yourself more of a runner, Lululemon has answered your prayers. The Lululemon Fast and Free Tight II ($128) is made with Nulux and gives the same second-skin sensation that you're used to from the Align leggings with the added bonus of being sweat-wicking and quick-drying. They're must-have exercise pants for anyone obsessed with that buttery-soft feeling but still wants a high-performance legging. (Check out all our favorite running leggings in our shopping guide.)
What reviewers say: One person in particular notes: "My favorite workout pant ever. I can wear them all day without having to repeatedly pull them up or adjust." Another customer says, "These leggings are a runner's dream. The material doesn't pill, pockets can fit all the energy gels, keys, etc. that you could possibly need, even a waist belt pocket that fits a phone so your phone doesn't bounce around. I have to use the drawstring to adjust the waist for running, but otherwise I almost forget I'm wearing them."
Why we love them: If you like the look of leggings but want the feel and breathability of a short or nothing at all, these are the running pants for you. They'll make even the sweatiest workouts comfortable.
What's worth noting: It's good to know about the raw hem at the ankle before you wonder if you accidentally bought an unfinished pair. They purposefully do not have a band or seam, which many people find to be looser and less constricting at the ankle but can take some getting used to.
The details: Sizes: 0–20 | Length: 25", 28" | Colorways: 8
Most Comfortable Leggings
These Beyond Yoga Spacedye Caught In The Midi 7/8 Leggings ($97) are made of the softest material that you'll never want to take off. You've never worn workout leggings that feel like this, we promise. We have them in two colors, they're that comfortable. Plus, we'll find excuses to wash them and wear them again. Pick these for outdoor workouts or lower impact activities.
What reviewers say: One person loves the durability of these leggings, saying: "Two of these bought years ago have lasted VERY well: worn and washed hundreds of times. Newest version is even softer and a better fit." Another person said, "I finally tried Beyond Yoga and am genuinely really impressed (and obsessed). No cameltoe or any semblance of getting one easily whatsoever, and extremely comfortable for all day wear. You don't feel like you're being hugged in too tightly and all that."
Why we love them: These are possibly the most comfortable workout leggings we've ever worn. They're ultra-soft, and thick enough to be great for chillier days. When you want to feel swathed in comfort, go with these leggings.
What's worth noting: These leggings are on the thicker side, so they're not our top choice for sweating it out in 100 degree heat. These also don't have pockets, but there is a pair that does!
The details: Sizes: XXS–4X | Length: 25" | Colorways: 15
Best Seamless Leggings
If you're someone who likes to move freely, you'll be into a seamless workout legging. They're tight on the body and generally made of a thicker fabric, but don't confuse thick for stiff. Whether you're doing yoga or strength training, these FP Movement High-Rise 7/8 Length Good Karma Leggings ($78) will keep you supportive and able to move whichever way you please. Explore all of the great Free People leggings in our shopping guide.
What reviewers say: Customers love these pants, with one saying, "I LOVE these pants! They're breathable, comfortable, and offer great coverage. The washed out black is a great color (but I also own them in black and pink). I'm constantly saying, "thanks, they're Free People," in real life. Treat yo' self! I know it inspires me to stay motivated when I feel good about what I'm putting on for the gym, or climbing, or yoga!"
Why we love them: If you want comfortable, flexible leggings, these are the ones to get. They're high waisted, won't budge or roll down, and have little laser cutouts that are imperceptible to the naked eye, but are game changers for breathability.
What's worth noting: These leggings only come in three sizes, XS/S, M/L, and L/XL. With that being said, they're very forgiving, and run kind of large. We would recommend sizing down.
The details: Sizes: XS–XL | Length: 23" | Colorways: 23
Best Flared Leggings
When winter comes, we don't want to be in something flimsy, we want to be held in by a thicker fabric more suitable for things like yoga or pilates. These Beyond Yoga Spacedye All Day Flare High Waisted Pant ($110) are made of the brand's cult-favorite Spacedye fabric, and they're practically perfect. Fun fact: this editor's first ever pair of workout leggings were a pair of flared Beyond Yoga pants, so this feels very full-circle. Trust us when we say, they make your butt look excellent, and once you try them, there's no going back. Plus, they have pockets! Explore more flared leggings in our curated guide.
What reviewers say: One customer said, "I am in love!! These are high waisted, squat proof, and buttery soft! Love the pockets and the flare leg. Really cute to wear for athleisure." Another person said, "Love, love these pants! They fit like a glove and have such a comfortable feel. My favorite part . . . pockets!!! My next favorite part . . . the flared legs!! You cannot go wrong with these pants!"
Why we love them: These are what you think of when you think of a great flared legging; flattering, comfortable, on-trend, and made to move with you.
What's worth noting: The pockets in these pants have an opening at the side versus the top, so it might be a bit easier for something to fall out.
The details: Sizes: XS–4X | Length: 32" | Colorways: 4
Best Leggings With Pockets
If you prefer to keep your daily essentials close when you're working out, then you'll love the convenience provided by this Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight 25" ($49–$99, originally $128–$138), which has deep pockets for holding your phone, driver's license, favorite workout snack, and so much more. One POPSUGAR editor praised the style in this Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight review, saying, "This lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight is my new favorite pair of leggings. I love the color, the length, the fabric, and of course, the side pockets. I wore them to get coffee this morning and to work during the day, and I'll keep them on when I jump on my Peloton this afternoon for a post-work cycling class."
What reviewers say: These pants have more than 2,000 reviews, with one user saying, "These pants are my go to workout pant for pretty much anything, from just walking to bootcamp. They stay up and are super comfortable."
Why we love them: The pockets are an incredibly practical feature as they allow us to enjoy high-intensity workouts without needing a workout bag. Our phones slip seamlessly into the side pockets, and they're even deep enough to hold extra essentials like our keys and lip gloss.
What's worth noting: Some reviewers have noted that the style is on the longer side, making it a less-than-ideal pant for petite shoppers since there's often excess fabric at the ankle. That said, Lululemon does offer free hemming of leggings at all of its stores.
The details: Sizes: 0–20 | Length: 25", 28" inseam | Colorways: 11
Best Yoga Pants
You can't go wrong with these bestselling Alo 7/8 High-Waist Airbrush Leggings ($98). These are some of our favorite yoga leggings, and they're super thick, so your butt looks like it's been airbrushed. Even though the material is thick, it's also soft and comfortable, but still holds you in. If you're doing something that won't leave you drenched in sweat, these are a great workout legging. Explore all of the best yoga leggings in our shopping guide.
What reviewers say: One person said, "This was my first pair of Alo leggings and I am in love! They have the right amount of compression, and best of all, the waist band doesn't slide down or roll. I will be purchasing more." Another one noted, "I bought these leggings after doing tons of research before dropping more than $50 on a pair of workout leggings. These were worth the price! I love the compression and support without being tight."
Why we love them: They're called Airbrush leggings for a reason. You'll do a double take in the mirror, that's how good they make your butt look. Plus, they don't move in downward dog, and are thick and soft, so they're perfect for lower impact activity.
What's worth noting: We've found the sizing on these pants to be, honestly, inconsistent. Some people need to size down, some people wear their true size, and others need to size up. This editor wears her true size, so be sure to check the size guide before purchasing.
The details: Sizes: XXS–XL | Length: 24" | Colorways: 11
Best Compressive Workout Leggings
The Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging ($78) is designed for high-impact workouts with an extra-high-rise waistband and four-way stretch for optimal coverage and flexibility. The fabric is both thick and sweat wicking, making them squat-proof and breathable. However, that doesn't mean you can't wear these workout leggings to relax at home or run errands. Explore all of the great Girlfriend Collective leggings in our shopping guide.
What reviewers say: Customers not only adore this comfortable pair but also can't get enough of the brown color pictured. One reviewer notes, "Girlfriend Collective leggings are built to last and the fact they are sustainable makes it 100x more awesome! Also, I am a pretty active runner and finding pants that I don't have to constantly pull up is HARD. But, for me personally, once these babies make it over my hips, they aren't budging. I love running in them because they are truly comfortable. I have also gone on hikes, done yoga, gardened and biked. They are perfect for all of those activities."
Why we love them: Not only are we in love with these stylish leggings, but they also have a hidden back pocket. They feel so buttery soft on the skin as well, making them great for everyday wear. Plus, they support you in all the right places for a lifted, flattering look.
What's worth noting: The leggings are made from 79 percent recycled plastic bottles and spandex. It's best to machine-wash cold with similar colors.
The details: Sizes: XXS–6XL | Length: 19.5", 23.75", 28.5" | Colorways: 7
Best Crossover Leggings
Crossover leggings have been popping up everywhere recently, and they're a slightly more flattering take on the classic high-waisted legging. The Offline By Aerie Real Me Xtra Crossover High Waisted Pocket Legging ($38, originally $55) is the one that started the trend, and it's still one of our favorites. Plus, this version now has side pockets, which is essential. Explore more Aerie leggings in our curated guide.
What reviewers say: These leggings have plenty of positive reviews, with one person noting that these are "actually the best leggings I have owned in my existence. Super comfy and form fitting. They aren't super tight but they also stay up. I've owned plenty of leggings in my lifetime and these are the ones I want to marry. 11/10"
Why we love them: These leggings are impossibly flattering. They're one of our favorite pairs to wear with a crop top or sports bra because they help define the waist. They're also lightweight and a great option for hot, sweaty workouts.
What's worth noting: These pants are more lightweight, so if you're looking for something more compressive, they might not be the best choice. They also come in both petite and tall varieties.
The details: Sizes: XXS–XXL | Length: 23", 25", 27" | Colorways: 1