From HIIT to yoga, a good pair of high-waisted gym leggings is crucial for workouts that get sweaty. The best leggings don’t slide down, roll or bunch up and offer a flattering fit without feeling too tight. Whether you’re looking for a pair of workout-friendly leggings that can be worn on the go or a pair that are squat-proof and made from durable material, there is a wide selection to choose from that can help you meet your fitness goals.
While some people will be happy with one type of fabric, others are keen to find a pair that will suit all types of exercise. “Look for a fabric that is sweat-wicking, cool or warm depending on the season and provides a zero-distraction fit,” says Alex Boardman, physiotherapist for Aston Villa FC and county tennis player.
High-Waisted Gym Leggings: The Perfect Choice for Style and Support in Your Workouts
When selecting a pair, consider the label’s size guides. Leggings should fit snugly but not too tightly, to avoid them riding up during exercise and chafing the skin. Check the label’s return policy if you’re unsure what size to order.
In our testing, the Gymshark Vital Leggings were comfortable and supportive, even during high-impact exercises like jumping jacks and burpees. They stayed in place during jump squats, and the high-rise waistband prevented them from rolling down when we moved or twisted and turned. The stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric dried quickly after our workout, and the olive green pair we tested remained sleek during machine washing with no pilling or creasing.