Best gym leggings for women: From Lululemon, Sweaty Betty, Nike and more

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When training is a pleasure
When working out, a pair of gym leggings are essential for keeping you comfortable and feeling secure. (Getty Images)

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If your workout wardrobe needs a refresh, we've got you covered. One piece of clothing that will always come in handy is a pair of gym leggings.

When shopping for a new pair, there are a few things to consider: firstly, fit - you don't want them to feel too tight or loose when you're being agile. Secondly, function - squat-proof, side pockets and adjustable waistbands are all essential. 

Lastly of course is design, do you want a simple black shade or colourful print?

In our roundup below, we've handpicked the best for all types of exercise, whether you're a runner, keen yogi or cardio fanatic. 

Spanning budget-friendly to super-luxe designs, they cater to different needs and aesthetics. After all, there's no reason you can't still add your personal style to your workout gear.

Best gym leggings for working up a sweat in style

Lululemon Power Thru High-Rise Tight 25" | £108 from Lululemon

Lululemon Power Thru High-Rise Tight 25
These Lululemon Power High-Rise tights are abrasion resistant and sweat-wicking

No list would be complete without Lululemon and its popular Power Tights. Smoothing and form-fitting, they have a high-rise waistband for complete coverage and two handy drop pockets for keeping your phone close when running, lifting weights or squatting. 

Go Move Printed High Waisted 7/8 Gym Leggings | £20 (was £25) from Marks and Spencer

This patterned pair from Marks and Spencer come in sizes six to 24
This patterned pair from Marks and Spencer come in sizes six to 24

Marks and Spencer has expanded its workout selection with a range of affordable, stylish pieces, like this pair. This geometric, bold offering is something different among a sea of often black designs. Available in sizes six to 24, they have a high waist with an inner, adjustable tie, an opaque fabric, and a phone pocket. 

Only Play leggings with taping detail in forest green | £35 from ASOS

This green pair of leggings from ASOS have an adjustable high waisted design
This green pair of leggings from ASOS have an adjustable high waisted design

ASOS also has an extensive range of workout brands on-site, and one pair that caught our eye is this forest green design. Stylish and functional, they have a bodycon fit and elasticated high waist.

Sweaty Betty Power Gym Leggings | £80 from Sweaty Betty

This camo-print pair are quick-drying and can be worn for multiple sports
This camo-print pair are quick-drying and can be worn for multiple sports

Another brand well-loved for its leggings is Sweaty Betty. Its power gym leggings have a 7/8 length, are available in sizes XS-XX, are sweat-wicking and are designed for multi-sports. 

Adidas Originals Leggings | £30 from ASOS

adidas Originals leggings in crimson with gold logo and tonal stripes
This adidas Originals crimson leggings are soft and stretchy

For a splash of standout colour, this Adidas Originals pair fit the bill. Made in a soft, breathable fabric, they'll be just as comfortable in the gym as they will be when running errands. 

Girlfriend Collective Compressive High Rise Full Length Leggings | £65 from John Lewis

Girlfriend Collective Compressive High Rise Full Length Leggings
This high rise pair from John Lewis is ideal for training and if you like colourful designs

We love this plum coloured pair from John Lewis that come in a matching co-ord if you want a uniform set. Available in sizes XXS to 6XL, they can be worn for biking, running, climbing or hot yoga. 

ASOS 4505 yoga legging in soft jersey | £22 from ASOS

ASOS 4505 yoga legging in soft jersey
This soft jersey pair from ASOS is perfect for yoga training

If yoga is your favourite form of exercise, snap up this pair from ASOS. They're made in a soft jersey that won't roll down when you're in downward dog and are very budget-friendly. 

Nike One Luxe Dri-FIT stretch leggings | £60 from Net-A-Porter

Nike One Luxe Dri-FIT stretch leggings
Nike's one luxe dri-fit leggings are made in a sweat-wicking fabric

This classic black Nike pair has a full coverage high waist that won't dig in or roll down and are made with the brand's sweat-wicking technology. 

Under Armour HeatGear Armour High Waisted Cropped Leggings | £34 from John Lewis

Under Armour HeatGear Armour High Waisted Cropped Leggings
These Under Armour cropped leggings will come in handy when the summer weather returns

This Under Armour pair is ideal if you're in the market for a cropped style. They're designed with an Anti-odour technology to keep you feeling fresh and a flatlock seam that won't chafe, no matter how many miles you run on the treadmill. 

V by Very Ath-leisure Wrap Waist Leggings | £14 (was £22) from Very

V by Very Ath-leisure Wrap Waist Leggings
Smart and stylish, Very's own brand wrap waist leggings are affordable and functional

Very's own activewear range has some hidden gems, like this wrap waist pair. Whether you're working up a sweat in yoga or a cardio class, they have a smooth seam for reducing chafing and a high-stretch fabric to keep you comfortable. 

Gymshark adapt animal seamless leggings | £50 from Gymshark

Gymshark adapt animal seamless leggings
These Gymshark animal print seamless leggings won't sage or lose their shape in the wash

If you like animal print and making a statement, you'll love this Gymshark pair. Available in XS-XXL, they're made with a seamless breathable fabric and an elongated ribbed waistband for keeping them secure no matter how many crunches you do.

The North Face Movmynt Running Leggings | £70 from John Lewis

The North Face Movmynt Running Leggings
This pair from North Face have reflective patterns on the back for enhanced visibility

We love the discreet zip back pocket for holding your keys and the internal drawcord at the waist for a flattering fit with storage solutions for your valuables. They also have a reflective hem for increased visibility when exercising outdoors.

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