The 12 Best Workout Leggings of 2020

Dress the part no matter your exercise routine

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Our Top Picks
"What perhaps excites us most about these leggings is the plethora of pockets — four in all."
"With integrated ventilation of varied degrees mapped out over your muscles, they're perfect for all kinds of sweat sessions."
"You can pick the size, type of waist, and the length so you get exactly the look and fit you want from your leggings."
"Customers say they're lightweight yet supportive, fit well, and don’t slip down during exercise."
"The high-rise waist means you don’t have to worry about slipping and discomfort, and the wicking fabric keeps you comfortable."
"The fabric in these pants won’t just wick sweat away from your body, but it will also repel rain to keep you as dry as possible."
"Made of polyester and spandex, they wick sweat away and dry fast, and they’re also lined with fleece for extra warmth."
"They provide all the coverage and control of full-length leggings, but also provide some breathing room below the knee."
"The structured high-rise waistband of these leggings keeps them up, even when you're working out at a high intensity."
"You'll breathe a little easier with their tummy control fabric and a waist high enough to hold you in and that smooths things out."
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Best Overall: Athleta All In Crop

The All In Line from Athleta stands out in the sea of workout leggings. Soft and flexible, they hold up wash after wash, and they come in an array of colors and seasonal prints that pop.

You can choose from a variety of lengths, including cropped, capri, and full-length tights, and they’re comfortable, functional, and flattering no matter what you’re doing. They also come in regular, tall, and plus sizes, so you can find just the right fit.

What perhaps excites us most about these leggings though is the plethora of pockets—four in all, with two on the hips, one in the waistband, and a zippered one in the back. That means you can take your phone, keys, gels, and whatever else you need and still work out without worrying about it all. Customers say these are their go-to workout leggings that are great for everything from tough workouts to not-so-tough lounge sessions on the couch.

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Best Overall Runner-Up: Lululemon Mapped Out High-Rise Tight 28"

With integrated ventilation of varied degrees mapped out over your muscles, these high-waisted leggings are perfect for all kinds of sweat sessions. A blend of elastane, nylon, and polyester, the four-way. stretch fabric moves with you during exercise and is also sweat-wicking and quick-drying, keeping you comfortable.

The fold-over envelope back pocket is big enough to stash your most valuable essentials, without the bulk of a zipper. The machine-washable leggings come in a range of colors and in sizes 0 through 14.

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Best Fitting: Amazon Brand Core 10 Women's ‘Build Your Own’ Yoga Pant

For what many customers swear is the look and feel of higher-priced leggings but at a lower price, there are Build Your Own yoga pants from Core 10. You get to pick the size (from XS–3X ), the type of waist (cross, high, or medium) and the length (short, regular, or tall), so you get exactly the look and fit you want from your leggings.

Moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry even during the sweatiest sessions, and there’s a small pocket in back to hold a credit card or other small item. Customers say the quality is fantastic, the material is soft and thick, and the fit can’t be beat.

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Best Black: Nike Women's Power Essential Dri-FIT Running Crops

For a solid pair of black workout leggings that will get you through any workout, Nike is our top pick. These essential Dri-Fit tights are comfortable, functional, and come in regular, short, and long sizes so you can get just the right fit. The elastic waistband also has a drawstring cord so you can adjust just how sung you want them. A zippered pocket in the back holds your keys or other small items.

Customers say they're lightweight yet supportive, fit well, and don’t slip down during exercise, but they’re also comfortable enough for lounging the day away. Also, unlike some leggings, these ones are thick enough to pass the see-through test when you bend and stretch in them.

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Best for Yoga: Lululemon Align Pant 28"

They may not be in the bargain category, but for buttery soft leggings that look good and perform well, the Align pant from Lululemon is the one to beat. The high-rise waist means you don’t have to worry about slipping and discomfort during downward dog, and the wicking fabric keeps you comfortable even during hot yoga. They come in an array of pretty colors and seasonal patterns and in cropped lengths, too. They also have a pocket in the waistband to hold a credit card, keys, or other small items you want to take on the go.​​

While the price is on the steeper side, these pants are so comfortable you’ll find yourself wearing them around the clock and for years to come. While some people report problems with pilling, most say they hold up incredibly well over time, and if they don’t, Lululemon’s customer service is top-notch.

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Best for Running: Under Armour Women's Accelerate Storm Reflective Leggings

Runners will be ready for pretty much anything in these leggings from Under Armour. The fabric won’t just wick sweat away from your body but will also repel rain to keep you as dry as possible while you put in the miles. The lightweight material is also designed to keep the stink out.

A zippered pocket on the side is big enough to hold your phone, and there are reflective strips so that motorists can better see you when you’re out on the road. These pants won’t actually run the miles for you, but they will make running them as pleasant as possible.

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Best for Cold Weather: BALEAF Women's Thermal Fleece Running Yoga Cycling Tights

When temperatures dip, you want workout leggings that will keep you warm without being bulky, like these from Baleaf. Made of polyester and spandex, they wick sweat away and dry fast (no chafing!), and they’re also lined with fleece for extra warmth. They’re great for skiing, biking, running, and any other sport when you want to heat things up a bit.

For all the warmth, however, they’re still thin enough to be comfortable and let you move, and they’ve got zippers on the legs to make them easy to get on and off. Customers say they’re warm, durable, and comfortable. 

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Best Cropped: Neonysweets Women's Capris Exercise Gym Running Yoga Pants

When things heat up, whether it’s outside or in the gym, a pair of cropped workout leggings is a great choice. They provide all the coverage and control of full-length leggings, but also provide some breathing room below the knee. These cropped leggings from Neonysweets get rave reviews from customers who believe they’re the “cream” of the crop, so to speak.

Made of 92% cotton and 8% spandex, they’re stretchy, soft, and great for activities including yoga, running, or hitting the gym. Customers particularly love the side pocket and say it’s perfect for holding their phone while they’re walking or running.

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Best No-Slip: Outdoor Voices TechSweat 3/4 Leggings

There's nothing worse for your willpower and concentration than having to readjust your legging mid-workout. That's why we love the structured high-rise waistband of these leggings from Outdoor Voices that keeps them up, even when you're working out at a high intensity.

What's more, the waistband hugs your body and makes for a more flattering fit without constricting you while you move. The leggings are made with lightweight, breathable TechSweat that will keep you cool while you sweat. They're available 0 through 14 and in five unique colors.

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Best With Tummy Control: ABUSA Mid Waist Yoga Pants Workout Capri

Working out is hard enough without having to worry about sucking in your gut the whole time. These workout leggings from ABUSA help you breathe a little easier with their tummy control fabric. In capri-length, they have a waist high enough to hold you in and smooth things out, and the combed cotton material makes them soft, light, and breathable.

They’re not see-through even when you bend, stretch, and otherwise move in them, and the elastic waist is snug enough that they won’t slip down. They come in sizes small through XXL and in a variety of colors. Customers say they’re a great pair of leggings for the price and that they’re flattering and fit well.

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Best Printed Workout Leggings: Onzie Women's Long Legging

To spice up your workouts once in a while, there are these leggings from Onzie that come in a variety of fun, colorful patterns. From skulls to tie-dyed, ocean-themed and more, these pants stand out in a sea of black leggings. Made of a mix of polyester and spandex, they’re soft, comfortable, and made to perform.

Most customers say they love the fun patterns and the way these leggings fit. Some report that they run small, however, so you may want to consider sizing up when ordering.

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Best Design: Sunia Yoga Eco Friendly Recycled Fabric OM High Waist Womens Yoga Pants

Founded by a yogi-turned-entrepreneur of South Indian descent, Sunia Yoga makes beautifully patterned leggings right here in the United States—and they deserve a place in your closet. The female-owned business makes eco-friendly leggings made of recycled fabric with unique designs, inspired by the founder's childhood memories of Kerala, South India.

Choose between various high-rise leggings with four-way stretch fabric—including a pair with a peacock design, "purple passion" design, a blue and gold mandala design, a "shades of nature" design, and more. The leggings come in various sizes, from extra-extra-small to extra-extra-large.

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