3 BEST WORKOUT LEGGINGS for 2019 (+budget friendly options)

lauren gleisberg in alo yoga black moto leggings

My workouts are only as good as my workout leggings. I used to be a cute over function type of buyer. I would suffer through a blister to wear the most adorable pair of sneakers. As my workout intensity increased, I realized just how important it is for my attire to keep up with my pace. I have tried HUNDREDS of different types of leggings and narrowed down my 3 absolute favorite workout leggings. 

As I was putting this together, I realized my 3 favorite workout leggings were all around $100 give or take a bit. With workout leggings, I think quality > quantity and highly suggest that approach. I personally rather re-wear the same pair of quality black leggings all week as opposed to having 5 different pairs. BUT, I included 2 other, less expensive options I really like as well.



Here is the rundown on my tried and true favorite options, which I consider to be the best workout leggings for 2019.alo yoga high waisted black leggings

Alo Yoga makes 3 pairs of leggings that I am absolutely obsessed with. You’ll likely recognize these pairs because I am constantly wearing them.

  • Moto Leggings (here)
  • Airbrush Leggings (here)
  • Lounge Leggings (here)



Overall, I think Alo Yoga has the best combination of comfort and fit. These 3 pairs of leggings are as comfortable as pajamas. And for fit, they stay put, which is very important when working out. 

MOTO LEGGINGS – these have a classic cotton feel and I suggest these for a cross training but not for your sweatiest workouts. I love the high waisted version although there is a regular rise available. These are my go-to leggings for when I want to lift and then continue wearing my workout outfit throughout the day. Cute-ness factor is 100!

AIRBRUSH LEGGINGS – these have a contoured fit that feels like a “second skin.” It provides that tight and lifted feeling… the high waist band is the perfect size, leaving me feeling sucked in without anything “spilling over” the top. These leggings really smoothes out your legs and butt. The fabric is moisture-wicking so during my workouts, I don’t feel overheated and sweaty. They are very stretchy. For 2019, this pair is my favorite from Alo Yoga!

LOUNGE LEGGINGS – I do wear these to the gym occasionally but I definitely wouldn’t wear them on my super sweaty workouts. They are beyond comfortable… so so comfortable that I just had to mention them here. The material feels like a cozy blanket. The waistband is perfect. 

Sizing Note: in all the Alo Yoga leggings, I wear an XS which is a 2-4 although I am normally more of a 0-2 in “regular clothing”

lululemon align black leggings best workout

These are the exact pair of Lululemon leggings that feel like butter; they also have 3 lengths, which I will link here:

  • Crops (here)
  • Leggings, my favorite length (here)
  • Pants (here)



I am a big fan of Lululemon leggings in general. I do believe of all the brands I’ve tried, they have the best coverage, meaning that when you squat down and get your workout on, the material doesn’t get sheer. If it does for you, it’s a good indication to size up. 

These leggings are incredibly lightweight; no exaggeration… it truly feels like you’re not wearing pants. The hi-rise on these is everything. The waistband and leggings don’t move around as you move around (so important to me!). The fabric is cozy and legitimately feels like butter. 

If you’ve seen me in a pair of plain black leggings within the past 6 months, there’s a 90% chance it’s these. I wear them multiple times per week. I always suggest starting with a black pair to really get your wear out of them.

When washing, wash these on a gentle cycle and do not throw them in the dryer because I noticed they are susceptible to piling if they aren’t taken care of properly. 

Sizing Note: I am a size 4 in Lululemon leggings. I do recommend trying on each pair before buying because I notice some inconsistency with sizing when it comes to styles and colors. I know that colors/patterns can change the fabric and I’ve occasionally gone up a size in a particular legging when I select another color. Also, if you find any pair of Lululemon leggings gets sheer when you squat down, size up!

outdoor voices leggings for workouts

These were a pair of leggings I purchased that instantly became a hit

  • TechSweat Leggings (here)



I’ve always loved the Outdoor Voices brand. I love what they stand for and I love their look. I’m a matchy matchy kind of girl, so I can’t get enough of the coordinating sets from this brand.

When I first tried on these leggings, I knew they would become a favorite. I HIGHLY recommend these to women who get very sweaty during their workouts. Not a lot of leggings can handle leg and butt BUT (pun intended!) these sure can. 

These leggings don’t budge even during the most intense workouts. The fabric always seems to keep you cool. The fit is both comfortable and flattering. AND, they’re so so cute with lots of color option!

Sizing Note: I am an XS in this brand



1. ZELLA LEGGINGS: these aren’t the least expensive but they’re a moderate price range and I compare them most to Lululemon in the way they fit and function. 

2. OLD NAVY LEGGINGS: Old Navy makes a moto leggings that really rivals the Alo Yoga moto leggings. People RAVE about these and they are literally a fraction of the price.

3. TARGET – JOY LAB: Target has some really great activewear pieces but one brand I love in particular is Joy Lab. The ones that I linked are total Alo Yoga Moto Legging dupes for 1/4 the cost.



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  • Reply
    February 6, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    I love my Lululemons – wunder under, in movement and aligns are my favourite. Would you do a similar post for sports bras?

    • Reply
      Lauren Gleisberg
      February 8, 2019 at 9:18 AM

      Hi Angela! The wunder unders used to be my favorite too! That align waist band and material is hard to resist. I can definitely do a sports bra review but it’s a bit more difficult because everyone’s bust size is so different. As you can tell hehe, I have a smaller chest so it would probably only be helpful to those who are similar. XO

  • Reply
    February 8, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    I love all the tips! Whenever I need to buy more leggings, I’ll reference this page. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Lizzie Alvergnat | Holistically Lizzie
    February 26, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    The Airbrush Leggings looks so fabulous. I might consider buying a pair soon. Thank you for your review!

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