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The Best Workout Leggings for Every Type of Exercise

6 months ago, 29 Dec 17:47

By: Selene Yeager

It’s undeniable that the right tool makes every job easier. That fact isn’t limited to pressure cookers (Instant Pot anyone?), jumper cables, and flat irons, but also workout clothes. Slip on the wrong leggings for yoga and Half Moon can slip into a super moon by the time you hit Downward Dog. Wearing running tights to kickboxing can squelch a full sweep. You get the idea. Conversely, the right leggings for a given activity give you all the freedom you need with the support you want to jump, lunge, kick, and spin your heart out without worrying about missing a step. A proper pair of leggings hug your body with appropriate snugness where you want them to stay put and allow ease of movement and full range of motion where you need them to allow a little give. They shouldn’t bunch up, ride down, rub, chafe, or give you even a hint of camel toe (which is more than unsightly—it’s uncomfortable!). If your sport requires that you carry stuff, they should have the appropriate number of pockets in easy to access places. If you need extra protection—think sitting on a bike seat—they should provide that, too. They should also look as good as they feel, so you feel comfortable and confident rocking them out in public. To help you find the right leggings for every activity, we asked women of various shapes and sizes to name their go-to tights, capris, and pants for every activity they do. Here are the pairs that have a leg up (ha!) on the competition—so you will too. When you’re hammering out your last set of intervals at Flywheel, you need form-fitting, perfectly padded leggings that support your hard-cranking quads, while wicking away your sweat to help keep you cool. These knickers from Pearl Izumi check all those boxes. They feature a wide, flat waistband that won’t dig in when you’re tucked over your handlebars. They also transition seamlessly into those first brisk outdoor rides in spring. No activity places the extreme fit demands on a pair of pants like yoga. One minute you’re arching backward like a willow in the wind and the next you’re folded forward like a sapling that’s snapped in half. Unless you want to spend half the class pulling up your pants, you need a pair that sits and stays to keep you covered while giving freedom to your every move. These high-rise, second skin leggings hit the bulls-eye. Voters loved silky feeling fabric, flat no-chafe seams, and the 7/8 length that sits right above the ankle for a less restrictive feel. When you want that 30th box jump to feel as springy as the first, compressive material like the Power Mesh fabric these Plyometric Tights from 2XU are made from will give you a boost. The 7/8 sits just above the ankle so they don't tug at the ankle during air squats and deadlifts, and the anti-chafe seams keep hot spots at bay no matter how many reps you do for the workout of ...
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