Best workout leggings: shop our health ed’s 21 top picks for sweat-wicking, squat proof sessions

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  • On the hunt for a new pair of workout leggings that won't fall apart after two uses? Look no further: these are the best buys of 2021.

    The gyms are open. We repeat: the gyms are open. So if you’re looking for a pair of the best workout leggings to re-emerge into your Legs, Bums & Tums class in but don’t know where to start, don’t worry—you’re far from alone.

    With 97,900,000 results for ‘best workout leggings’ on Google alone, finding a pair can feel like a minefield. And that’s before you even start filtering the good, from the not-so-good… you know, the high-waisted, sweat-wicking, smell-banishing wonder tights that don’t go see through every time you squat, from, well, the opposite.

    Shop Sweaty Betty, New Balance and H&M workout leggings from £17.99 now

    Your workout legging buying guide: What to look for in a good pair

    FYI, when you’re on the hunt for a new pair of workout leggings, it’s worth going for a pair that are:

    • sweat-wicking
    • non-see-through
    • supportive
    • designed for working out (cotton leggings won’t make the cut here).

    That way, you can know you’re spending wisely and investing in leggings that won’t end up going to Oxfam a year later.

    We’re aware that not everyone wants to drop hundreds on a pair, especially right now, so have ordered our recommendations from cheapest to priciest. Do bear in mind, generally speaking, that cheapest doesn’t necessarily mean best. Base your buy on your usage. After all, workout leggings are a bit like household appliances: if you’re using them often, it may be wiser to opt for a mid-range price point to guarantee you’ve made a good investment.

    That being said, there are some great bargains to be had, too, which is why we’ve included a range of options, from the best cheap leggings to kit for those with a slightly higher budget, too.

    There are some incredible deals on offer RN:

    Varley Century Leggings in Marble Print | ASOS
    Was £87, now £43.50 (50% off, save £43.50)

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    Align HR Pant 28″ | Lululemon
    Was £88, now £54 (save £34)

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    4505 Legging in organic cotton | ASOS
    Was £20, now £14 (30% off, save £6)

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    Whether you’re purchasing said leggings for a super sweaty Joe Wicks YouTube workout from home, to vinyasa your way through your next yoga flow or to don on your next staycay (scroll the best UK walking routes, here), there’s something for every need.

    Without further ado, scroll our picks of the best workout leggings, available to buy now, from Gymshark, Nike, Sweaty Betty and more. While you’re here, do shop our edits of the best sports hijabs, running trainers and period pants. Happy shopping—and squatting.

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