14 Best Leggings for Working Out in Warm Weather
Trainers reveal their favorite pairs of workout leggings to wear while exercising during the warmer months.
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Workout leggings for warmer weather
Finding the perfect pair of workout leggings seems like an impossible task right? Especially when you have to add in factors like warmer weather, multiple types of workouts, as well as outdoor and indoor settings. (These are the best leggings for indoor workouts.) So what are the important things to look for when considering a workout legging? “The top things I look for in a workout legging are ones that fit well without being too tight that they cut off circulation, quality fabric that’s durable and can hold up over time, variety in length as well as size and color, and a pair that looks flattering,” says Megan Leyen, a trainer at HardFIT in Orange County, California.
We asked Leyen and other fitness trainers to share their favorite leggings for exercise and why they love them. Here are the best leggings for warmer weather workouts.
Outdoor Voices Tech Sweat 3/4 Leggings
A high waisted legging that doesn’t show sweat? That’s a yes. “What I love about the Outdoor Voices Tech Sweat is that they fit very lightly but tightly at the same time, meaning that they cling tight to your body, but they don’t feel like they’re squishing you in, which is hard to find in a pant,” says Lauren Kanski, trainer at Performix House in New York City. “This is hard to find in a workout legging.”
Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tight
Seeking a pair of leggings with side pockets? Look no further. Not only can these leggings stash even a large iPhone in the pockets, but they’re also attractive, form-fitting, and performance-driven. “I have two pairs of these, and I wear them at least once a week, especially for teaching barre and yoga both in studio and now at-home,” says Lauren Seib, a personal trainer, in Stamford, Connecticut. “They’re supportive yet not too restrictive—a major plus right now as I’m about to dip my toes into some maternity wear—with a super stretch comfort that moves with you for every pulse and pose. I’ll be honest, I also reach for them a ton over the weekend, lounging with a white v-neck and bomber/denim jacket.”
Nike Yoga Luxe Women’s Infatuation Ribbed 7/8 Tights
While they might be branded as a yoga legging are perfect to wear for a Vinyasa or restorative class, these buttery soft leggings are also so comfy and light that you’ll want to wear them for all your workouts. “I love that these are high-rise so they don’t fall down when you’re running, flowing, or whatever workout you’re doing in them,” says Kanski. “They also absorb sweat really well!”
Under Armour Women’s Meridian Leggings
Move through your workout with good form and full range of motion thanks to the four-way stretch in these comfy, extremely soft leggings. “These are my favorite leggings from the brand, because they fit like a glove, without feeling like they’re actually even on your body,” says Meghan Hayden, trainer at Performix House in New York City. “They’re great legging for cross training, but I’ve also run, lifted, and stretched in them.” Bonus: They have side pockets to stash all your personals.
Lululemon Wunder Train High Rise Tight
These leggings were designed with intense workouts in mind. They’re made out of the company’s trademarked Everlux fabric, which is ultra quick-drying, so you’ll never feel too hot or too sweaty when wearing them. “I love Lululemon leggings because they fit like a glove, they never cause chaffing—especially on my long runs which I appreciate—they’re flattering and durable,” says Lindsey Clayton, run coach, senior instructor at Barry’s in New York City. Translation: these are worth shelling out the dough for. They come in nine colorways, including camo, which we love.
Spanx Booty Boost Active Cropped Leggings
You may not initially think of this brand when considering a pair of workout leggings, but you should. These leggings will hold everything in without making you feel like you’re being stuffed in or uncomfortable. “I love their hugged-in waistband,” says Seib. These high-waisted leggings make your butt look great, too. They offer a full length, cropped, and knee length version in both black and navy colorways.
Reebok Workout Ready Mesh Tight
Mesh insets on these more affordable leggings allow for ample airflow, which is much appreciated during the warmer weather months and sweaty workouts. Plus, the fabric is sweat-wicking, too. “I find the length of Reebok leggings to fit well—not too long like some other brands,” says Sarah Grooms, trainer on obé fitness on demand, personal trainer in New York City. “They also stay put during cardio workouts.” Sizes range from 2XS to 2XL, so everyone can rock a pair. Wear them for an at-home workout today.
Free People High Rise 7/8 Length Good Karma Legging
The small pinholes in these leggings (which come in 21 different color ways) allow for good ventilation and keep things breezy whether you’re exercising indoors or outdoors. “These leggings come in so many different color options, so you’re bound to find one that you like,” says Leyen. “I like the 7/8 length, too, which falls just around my ankle, making them even more attractive.” You can mix and match them with the brand’s bras and crops, too, for a bright, summery workout set!
Morgan Stewart Sport Primrose Legging
The ultra stretchy material of these leggings will hold tight to your body and won’t shift as you move your body during a HIIT, walking, or boxing workout. “The seams on these leggings elongate your strong legs and pair with a hug-you-in waistline that doesn’t feel suffocating,” says Seib. “You’ll love the soft, tight feel, yet with more structure and support.”
Avia Women’s Active Compression Flex Tech Core Leggings
The affordable price point may initially attract you to these leggings, but their performance traits will keep you coming back for more. The slick, moisture-wicking fabric feels comfortable against the skin, the thick waistband won’t move or budge during workouts, and the leggings have side pockets, too. “I love the thick waistband on these leggings,” says Ava Fagin, coach at Body Space Fitness in New York City. “Plus, they come in black, too.” Throw your phone, ID, keys, and any other essentials in the pockets and head out for a run.
Onzie Sustainable Soul High Rise Midi Legging – Water
If you’re looking for variety and a way to express yourself while also getting a good quality pair of leggings, Onzie has you covered. “The price range of Onzie leggings is very reasonable, and they use quality materials,” says Or Artzi, trainer at Equinox in New York City. “They have lots of styles to choose from and they also fit my body really well. I have a curvey figure and sometimes patterns don’t look good on me, but their patterned leggings are some of my favorites.”
Hylete Nimbus Capri
You’ll love slipping on these four-way stretch capris, where you get a mix of soft and breathable fabric along with two zippered side pockets. “I have hips, so when it comes to leggings, I look for a thick waistband that doesn’t hug too tight, which is a huge factor in terms of comfortability when doing high impact workouts” says Fagin. “These leggings not only have a great waistband, but I also love the length and the zippered pockets, so I can stash my phone when I go for a run.”
Tory Sport Chevron Leggings
These leggings are worth the price tag because they hold up workout after workout, wash after wash. The fabric is extremely lightweight and soft, making them perfect for warm weather workouts, too. “I love the fabric—it’s thin but flattering and they dry super quick,” says Liz Van Voorhis, founder and CEO of Fit Collective, trainer in New York City. “They make the booty look perky, too.”
Terez Sky’s The Limit Tall Brand Capri Legging
These tie-dye capris are on trend, and will also perform well during your sweat session. The three-inch waistband will keep them in place, so you won’t have to constantly hike them up, mid-exercise. “I feel like I’m showing an extra side of my personality when I slide into Terez leggings because they’re all spunky in their creation,” says Grooms. “Whether it’s fabric or design choice, these always go the extra mile. There’s also options between a high waist and a normal waist—as well an option for any pregnant ladies—, and they stay up when doing high-intensity cardio, which is a must for me!”
Next, read about the best leggings for your type of workout.
- Megan Leyen, Lagree certified trainer and a trainer at HardFIT in Orange County, California
- Lauren Kanski, NASM, trainer at Performix House
- Lauren Seib, NASM, personal trainer in Stamford, Connecticut
- Lindsey Clayton, run coach, senior instructor at Barry's in New York City
- Meghan Hayden, NASM, trainer at Performix House in New York City
- Sarah Grooms, NASM, trainer on obé fitness on demand, personal trainer in New York City
- Ava Fagin, NASM-CPT, CFSC, coach at Body Space Fitness in New York City
- Or Artzi, NCCPT, trainer at Equinox in New York City
- Liz Van Voorhis, founder and CEO of Fit Collective, trainer in New York City