I’m a health editor—these are my 12 go-to high-waisted gym leggings

  • Marie Claire gets the nod from its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission on some of the items you choose to purchase.

  • It won’t roll down, sag, or cut you in half.

    So you’re looking for a pair of high-waisted gym leggings but don’t want to spend money on a pair that will roll down mid-workout and expose your crotch.

    Nobody likes training kit that doesn’t deliver on its promise, and the core tenant of a good pair of high-waisted training leggings is that they’re just that: high-waisted and do not do it roll down at any given opportunity (or burpee).

    A bit like my edit of the best gym leggings, I’ve tried and tested all the leggings in this roundup. I’m a marathon runner and also strength train regularly, so have tested the below over short runs, long runs, speed sessions and gym sessions for you.

    Don’t miss our guides to the best women’s running shorts, oversized gym tees, and the best sports bras while you’re here—and keep scrolling for your ultimate guide to the best high-waisted workout leggings on the market.

    Test process

    So, what should I look for in a good pair of high-waisted workout leggings? Support, compression and sweat-wicking comfort that also lasts. I will never include a pair of leggings that aren’t squat proof, leave you with sweat stains on your crotch, or fall off mid-squat.

    Want to know how the team MC try all the products we include? All the products below have been tested by me personally and are leggings that I would buy myself. There are no products included that I have not personally tried.

    The leggings below were tested during at least one three-mile run and one gym session, but most of them were worn for at least four to five workouts before the reviews were written.

    What did I look for when deciding on the best high waisted gym leggings?

    Aka, what are the success criteria? Good question.

    • First things first: are the leggings really high waisted and does the band stay in and support you during your session?
    • Do the leggings fit well (no knees or rear buttocks) and are they normal in size?
    • Are they sweat wicking?
    • Are they non-transparent?
    • Do they offer compression?
    • Was the material prone to bobbing or stacking?
    • How well did the leggings hold their structure over time, and did they wash well?
    • Is the product a reasonable price? (We know times are tough right now – don’t miss out on free home workout guides and how to work out for free. The below get my approval as fit kits that actually lasts in the long run.)

    Health editor Ally Head tries on some of the high-waisted gym leggings featured in this article

    I’m a health editor: these are my 12 go-to pairs of high-waisted workout leggings

    1. Cheap high-waisted workout leggings

    CRZ YOGA Nude Feel Women’s Workout Leggings – £23 | Amazon
    I was pleasantly surprised with these Amazon dupes – sure, they won’t last as long as the higher priced designs, but for £23 I found them to be both supportive and flattering.
    On the high-waisted front, the design felt like more advanced options and hugged my midsection in a soft yet supportive way. They didn’t roll down during any of the sweat sessions I tried them in and I liked that the leggings moved with your body but didn’t end up around your lower stomach as a result.
    If you’re a sweaty person like me, keep in mind that you’re likely to get sweat stains in the lighter colors.

    Show offer

    2. Gymshark High Waist Leggings

    High Waisted Flex Leggings – Now £36, was £45 | Gymshark
    A mid-priced option, I liked these leggings from Gymshark and found the high-waisted design to be both sculpting and supportive – it didn’t roll down and suffocate me in the waist more than other pairs I tried.
    I found them to be a great workout companion and flattering too, but note that they are much thicker than other options, so not ideal for summer sweat sessions. However, they are great for cold winter training (or to have around the house when the energy bill keeps rising). Short girls, please note: they are a bit tall and are extra high on the stomach too.

    Show offer

    4. Tummy Control High Waist Training Leggings

    Claude Pocket Leggings Ultraviolet – £55 | Pocket Sports
    I’ve been a fan of Pocket Sport since I tried on their training shorts in this color and didn’t get a patch of sweat on my crotch – which, if you work out regularly, you’ll understand is pretty rare. They’re a really good high-waisted option because they hit that sweet spot of being comfortable but actually staying up, thanks to the non-stick grip that lines the waistband.
    The quality is outstanding and I have never been disappointed with a product from them. Buy for a mid-range option that feels more expensive, lasts forever (I’ve had mine for 3+ years now and they still feel new) and sweats seamlessly too.

    Show offer

    5. High waist training leggings with pockets

    Wunder Train High Rise Tight – £88 | lululemon
    The Lululemon Wunder Train Leggings are not just one, not two, but three pockets – one on the lower back and one on each thigh.
    What’s more, this particular design has a drawstring around the waist which means you can make sure you have the perfect fit.
    When I tried it on, I loved how they hugged my waist and really did not move during any training session. Plus, they stayed cool no matter how sweaty I got (and believe me, some sessions were sweaty).

    Show offer

    6. Super high waist training leggings

    Exciting Leggings – £107 | PE Nation
    After a pair of workout leggings that not only have a high waist but basically touch your breasts? Enter stage right, the PE Nation designs, which promise to not only support you around the waist but sit even higher than usual too.
    They are definitely a higher priced option, but the leggings are really high quality and sculpting too. When I tested these, I especially liked how comfortable I felt in them knowing they were 100% squat proof (trust me, I tested them a lot).

    Show offer

    7. Sale of high-waisted gym leggings

    Techfit 3 Stripes Long Gym Leggings – Now £22.80, Was £38 | adidas
    While most adidas leggings are great, they’re definitely not high-waisted – that is, apart from the Techfit range, most of which are a comfortable high-waisted design, perfect for both training and brunch.
    When I tried, the support band around the wasit dug in a bit but wasn’t noticeable after a while. They are currently on sale – go, go, go.

    Show offer

    8. Best High Waist Black Gym Leggings

    All Day High Waist Gym Leggings – £70 | Sweaty Betty
    Sweaty Betty knows how to design high-waisted, supportive leggings. Striking the perfect middle ground between soft and sculpting, these All Day leggings really live up to the hype.
    I loved that they supported me through everything from pilates to long distance runs to strength training, but are also high quality enough material to wear to the office with an oversized sweater and boots too. I would size down for the most supportive fit as the SB runs a bit big.

    Show offer

    9. High Waisted Compression Training Leggings

    Form Hi-Rise Compression Tights – £70 | 2XU
    Another great high-waist option, 2XU are known for their compression tights. Not sure what that means? Well, making sure your tights have adequate compression (which literally translates to pressure, FYI) has been shown to increase recovery and reduce the risk of injury as well.
    When I tried, the leggings held up and sweated well – IMO a good high waisted option for runners.

    Show offer

    10. High Waist Seamless Workout Leggings

    Dark Olive Ultimate Leggings – £39.99 | Adanola
    Always the more fashion-conscious gym-goer’s favourite, I was skeptical that Adanola leggings wouldn’t perform quite well – too often, kit that looks this good doesn’t sweat or support. But I was wrong – I’ve worked out in my Ultimate Leggings at least 20 times now and they’ve never rolled down, crumpled around my stomach or waist, or left me without support.
    They are amazing and at an affordable price.

    Show offer

    11. Nike High Waist Gym Leggings

    Dri-FIT One – £39.95 | Nike
    These leggings call themselves a “second skin” – which, when I try, agree that it is not far off. They are fantastic and rival the high-end versions in their high waist, but also their comfort, support and sculpting ability.
    They are spectacularly light and soft, making them very easy to wear. Plus they don’t break the bank.

    Show offer

    12. High waisted 3/4 length gym leggings

    The Limitless 6/8 Leggings – £88 | LNDR
    You may not have heard of LNDR, but you won’t forget their leggings once you try them on.
    Cleverly, they offer hidden technology on the front of the waistband that makes you feel extra supported and gives you a streamlined silhouette. They have three length options – full length (8/8), ankle length (7/8) and calf length (6/8). Worth the price tag.

    Show offer

    Happy shopping – and sweating.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.