How tight should gym leggings be? This is a question that every woman should ask themselves before they buy a pair of leggings. Too tight and the leggings will be uncomfortable, too loose and they will be baggy, look silly and even worse, maybe even slip down, no one wants that!
Coupled with the look and feel factor of leggings, getting the wrong size can also affect your performance in the gym.
Leggings are one of the most popular items of clothing to be worn to the gym and to maximize your physical performance and comfort, it is crucial that you have a pair that fits your body.
If you are trying on leggings, here is a little rule of thumb guide that you can use to ensure a good fit to work out in:
After ticking all the boxes we have outlined above you should be left with a pair of leggings that fit well, are comfortable and are fit to work out in and do not restrict your performance.
Having said that, the tightness of your leggings is not an exact science and you really need to test this yourself by trying some on and working out.
Try some on at the shop, if you think they are ok then buy them and go for a workout. If you still find them comfortable, you feel good in them and they don’t limit your performance, then they are probably the right size. If they don’t fit you then you can always take them back.
If you were purchasing a pair of leggings to wear out and about or at home then I would recommend cotton, simply because cotton is soft and very comfortable to wear. However, when buying leggings for the gym I would recommend something more durable and stretchy like nylon or polyester.
These kinds of material will give you better support when working out and will also mold to your form better. These types of material also tend to absorb moisture better which will be beneficial if you are sweating a lot.
It should be very apparent by now that getting a pair of leggings that fit you is very important not only for the comfort side but also due to the fact that they can significantly affect your workout performance.
I have outlined some things to look out for as a rule of thumb when selecting your workout leggings and which materials I think are the best, however, as I’ve said, it is not an exact science and it is really down to personal preference which leggings you choose, as you should always pick the ones which work best for you.