Best Workout Pants For Women

There’s nothing worse than buying a pair of exercise pants and finding that you constantly need to pull them up while out jogging or doing Yoga stretches. Or worse still, buying pants that are so sheer you might worry about being uncomfortably “on display” during your workout.  If that’s happened to you, trust me, you’re not alone! Finding the right kind of workout pants can be a bit confusing and exasperating; there are so many to choose from, finding the right fit and style can take some effort.


Not to worry, that’s why we’re here! We’ve done research into different styles, fabrics, etc, and narrowed down our picks of the best workout pants for women, based on the different styles and fabrics available.


Women’s Workout Pants: What Should You Look For?


When choosing the best exercise pants, there are three primary criteria you should consider:



Choosing materials that will keep you cool and comfortable during your workout is key. Synthetic blends (poly/spandex/lycra) are great for moisture wicking, which can be especially beneficial when you’re doing a heavy workout. Generally cotton is a less-than-ideal choice for working out, as it isn’t as breathable as most of the “tech fabrics” on the market today.



Your workout pants should fit comfortably and be able to move well with your body. Make sure they’re not too tight or too loose, as either will make your workout uncomfortable in one way or another. Not all workout pants are created equal either, so sizing, fit, and construction can vary drastically from one brand to the next.



Comfort is key when working out, and what is comfortable for one person won’t necessarily be comfortable for the next. If your workout focus is more towards mobility—yoga, pilates, barre, and the like—fabrics with significant stretch are your best friend. If you’re more interested in building muscle definition, then a compression fit might be in order. There’s a bit of trial and error to be had here, but we will do our best to steer you in the right direction.


Top 10 Workout Pants for Women

Adidas Performance Women’s Ultimate Straight Pant



These pants contain 93% Polyester with 7% spandex for stretch and comfort. The Climalite fabric will draw sweat away from your body keeping you cool while you exercise. With a trim fit (though not body-tight), a thick elastic waist, and a slight flare in the legs, these pants are a solid choice for yoga or Pilates. The fabric is durable, won’t pull and gives a little more coverage than really sheer yoga pants, which means that they look great on any body type.


Spalding Women’s Capri Legging

For those that love the feel and comfort of cotton, these leggings are heaven with a make up of 92% cotton and 8% spandex for extra stretch. They also feature a wide waistband meaning they’ll stay in place, even through vigorous exercising. The pants fit tight on your legs so they’re great for gym work as well as jogging. They have a lovely wide seam down both sides of the legs which means that they won’t ‘cut in’ where you don’t want them to. Due to the high cotton content, they are great for light workouts (think walking) or running errands.


Favobodinn Unique Printed Yoga Pants

If you want a bit more style in your Yoga pants, then these may be for you. They contain 70% polyester and 30% spandex, so there’s plenty of give for all those complex Yoga stretches. And they look great: the tie-dyed print on the outside looks awesome and because they’re white on the inside they’re not see-through at all. The material is also abrasion resistant meaning no more red chafed inner thighs. The seams are interlocked and lie flat to eliminate rubbing and chafing, and they have excellent moisture absorption, keeping you cool during even the most strenuous workout. The high waistband and extended leg, which goes over your heel, means they’ll stay in place throughout your routine and they’re so soft and comfortable that you’ll probably never want to take them off!


Under Armour Women’s Perfect Pant

Made from 90% nylon and 10% elastane, these pants are super soft with a matte finish for a great classic look. The fabric is designed to wick sweat away from your body to keep you cool and dry. What I like most is the fabric has a 4-way stretch, which means they’ll let you move effortlessly and comfortably. Plus, there’s an extra flat panel of fabric over the seam where the pants sit over your delicate region, meaning they won’t rub or irritate at all. With a wide waistband and flared leg, these pants are excellent for Yoga, Pilates or just lounging around in at home. There’s even a hidden waist pocket in these pants for stashing your keys or phone, so you have what you need anytime.


Straight Fit Full-Length Yoga Pants

Perfect for Yoga, these pants are made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex for a comfortable fit with just enough stretch. The colored fold-over wide waistband is a nice fashion touch for a bit more style. Because they have a straight leg, these pants are ideal to wear for all exercises, not just Yoga. Wear them to the gym, while out jogging, or even walking the dog. They’re not only soft and comfortable to wear, but they look great as well.


Women’s Compression Capri’s

These compression Yoga pants are perfect for the woman who is serious about running or worries about muscle strain. They will fit your body perfectly and give you a slim and sleek look as they hold your muscles in place, increasing blood flow. They provide a tight, compact fit that improves your performance. Made of polyester and spandex, they will keep you cool and fresh with the fabric’s wicking ability. The material is also anti-bacterial, keeping you nice and fresh during your workout. The pants have a flat lock seam stitch so that they won’t rub or chafe against your skin and the material is thick, so there’s no problem with these pants being see-through. The 4-way stretch of the fabric means they give you great flexibility in movement and the pants will hold their shape even after multiple washes. There’s also a hidden pocket for your keys and a high, wide waistband to ensure the pants stay in place during your exercise routine. These are so soft and comfortable to wear that you could even wear them under a dress to smooth out any curves and bulges.


Delfin Spa Women’s Heat Maximizing Capri’s

If you’re looking for some ‘sweat’ pants, then these are definitely for you. The fabric is constructed of three layers with Nylon on the outside, Neoprene in the middle and polyester on the inside, meaning these pants are designed to increase perspiration. Thanks to the Bio-Ceramic material, you’ll lose inches much quicker when exercising, as it causes you to sweat more. Made of a compression material, these Capri’s fit very snugly but look great as they hide any bulges. The seams lie flat for extra comfort, no rubbing or chafing, and there are Velcro tab closures at each leg opening to make them easier to get on and off. Perfect for any exercise, including water sports, they have a comfortable wide waistband and a cell phone pocket.


Danskin Now Women’s Bootcut Yoga Workout Pants

Made from a blend of cotton and spandex, these workout pants look great on, especially if you like the boot-cut style. The pants are fitted at the top and hip, then flare out slightly from the knee. The Dri-More fabric has excellent wicking properties, allowing you to stay dry while performing strenuous activities. There’s also a hidden pocket in the wide contoured waistband which also features a drawstring for exact fit. These pants are good for any form of exercise or for just lounging around at home or a casual day out.


Danskin Women’s Stretch Cotton Cropped Yoga Leggings

Made from 54% cotton, 36% polyester, and 10% spandex, these leggings are supple and provide the right amount of stretch for working out. They have a comfortable elastic waistband and the Dri-More moisture wicking technology[/easyazon_link], which draws sweat away from your body to keep you nice and cool. The fabric also has antimicrobial properties to reduce odor while exercising. You can wear them for running, dancing, or walking, since they are durable and will stand up to repeated washings.


Aenlley Women’s Activewear Yoga Pants

These Yoga pants are both stylish and comfortable to wear. The unique quilted Supplex material is designed not only to give you a perfect fit but also includes wicking properties to reduce sweat and keep you dry. It offers gentle compression to hide bulges, and the fabric will also not lose its shape even after multiple washes. The wide, high waistband will ensure that these pants stay in place through any workout routine. There’s also a hidden pocket for your keys or credit card. These pants are non-see-through, so you can relax while working out without worrying about everything being on display.


The seams feature a smooth flat-lock which means they won’t rub or chafe during exercising. These pants are specially designed to contour perfectly to your body which means they look great no matter what you’re doing. With this guide to the Top 10 Workout Pants for Women you should have a clear picture of what to look for when buying your next pair of exercise pants. We hope that our reviews will make your next purchase much easier and confident that you’re making the best choice for you.