Finding the perfect leggings can completely transform your exercise routine. Figure out how to pick the perfect pair of leggings every time, and you won't have to keep changing them after every set.
WHERE TO START: HOW SHOULD YOUR PANTS FIT?
The quest for the ideal leggings is a serious business. A quality pair will keep your feet dry and comfortable, as well as offer the perfect amount of support and convenient extras. No one likes to be tugging at their leggings to keep them up while they're working out, so they must fit properly. This guide to finding the perfect pair of leggings has been compiled with the assistance of Akesha Smith (a specialist at Adidas London's flagship store and track athlete).
Akesha recommends that pants "feel like a second skin." It is not acceptable for you to feel them on your skin or become aware of their presence.
They should fit snugly throughout, especially at the crotch area; if there is any room there, your leggings will ride up when you walk.
LEGGINGS WITH A HIGH OR MID-RISE WAIST
Kim recommends "high-rise or high-waisted leggings," which she defines as "leggings with a higher rise." "They provide a locked-in sensation and go the distance with you in your workout." They should stay in place throughout even the most strenuous exercise thanks to the snug fit around the waist and lower back area. With a sports bra, a pair of high-rise leggings may be both figure-flattering and give secure coverage.
Leggings classified as "mid-rise" typically feature an elastic waistband and fall just below or at the belly button, depending on the wearer's torso length.
LENGTH: Choosing the right legging length depends on your preferred style and the intensity of your workout. Those in colder climates may prefer longer garments, while those in warmer climes or those who simply like less fabric on their skin may prefer shorter styles. It's a good idea to have a variety of leggings in varying lengths so that you can adapt to a variety of situations.
Knee-To-Ankle Leggings: Perfect for chillier climates or those seeking more protection. Akesha adds, "I enjoy the entire length since it keeps my ankles warm when I run in the winter."
7/8 Tights: Perfect for, women who don't feel comfortable in full-length leggings or who just want a more tailored silhouette. According to Akesha, "The varying legging lengths are not just about keeping you cooler and warmer, but also about the wearer's height." Everyone, whether you're on the taller or shorter end of the spectrum, can find a pair of leggings that fit perfectly.
3/4 Length Tights: If you like less coverage than capris provide but yet want more coverage than bike shorts offer, these are the shorts for you.
Pants with a Capri Length: These leggings are perfect for those who want to be able to move freely and comfortably yet still have coverage just below the knee.
Cycling shorts: An excellent choice for training in the sunshine. Compression zones are a feature of some bike shorts, providing even more support while you're pedaling.
Brief Tights: This is the best option for those who prefer less coverage.
When a customer comes in asking for leggings, the first question I always ask is, "What workout are you expecting to do in them?" Akesha elaborates. It's crucial to consider what you'll be doing while wearing leggings because different brands provide different technologies and features.
Different types of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with plenty of movement (like jogging, yoga, and so on) each have their own advantages for your workout.
Kim repeats. Yoga leggings, on the other hand, will focus more on comfort and softness than a pair of running leggings, which may have sweat-wicking technology.
INDICATORS OF QUALITY
Depending on the environment and the nature of your workout, several elements can be used to improve your session and make it more pleasant. In particular, you should keep an eye out for these aspects:
Pockets sewn into the waistband or the legs of some waist compression leggings provide a secure place to store and quickly access your phone, keys, and other small essentials.
Akesha states, "I like to have pockets in all my leggings." To put it simply, "I prefer to nibble when I'm on a run," and thus, "if I have a pocket, I'll usually slip a biscuit or an energy bar in there!"
Leggings with a tie-waist design offer an additional layer of protection. Runners will love this because they'll get some extra help while they put in the miles.
Akesha explains that the drawstrings are a signature of the company's more supportive leggings since they are meant to provide unparalleled stability. When I'm out for a run, this is one of my favorite details since I don't want to have to worry about my leggings riding up as I speed up. Because of this, I now always wear drawstring leggings when I go for a run.
During low-light morning, afternoon, and evening exercises, details that glow in the dark or reflect when light bounces off are helpful.
An Almost Invisible Layer of Comfort
Some pairs of leggings feature a snug fit that actually helps your circulation by confining your legs even more. Since the muscles are getting more oxygen, you might not be as sore after a workout.
Why would someone use compression tights or leggings?
Compression leggings are used during physical activity to improve efficiency and recuperation time.
Other advantages of compression leggings include:
Avoiding soreness and muscular strain through proper warm-up
Sweat-wicking (prevent chafing and rashes)
Decreased discomfort (from muscle stiffness and soreness)
Connective Tissue: A Key Component in Stability
How restrictive must compression tights be?
Compression leggings are meant to be worn as a "second skin," so they should feel great and provide a full range of motion. And yet, BARA's compression leggings aren't meant to be uncomfortable. It should fit as snugly as possible without being uncomfortable. If this is the case, you should consider purchasing a larger size.
Compression leggings: How to wear them!
Dressing in compression leggings is similar to donning stockings or pantyhose. Get your leggings together at your feet, and then slowly raise them. Rolling them over your thighs and up to your hips gently will help if they are particularly skintight.
The first time you put them on, you may hear a "breaking" sound; this is normal. Those might be basting stitches you hear. Fabric is held in place while being sewn with basting stitches. When the product is complete, we usually cause it to "break," but occasionally we don't pull the fabric hard enough, leaving some stitches intact. These stitches are intended to be temporary and will be removed or broken. This is why, when you first try on a pair of tights, you may hear a snap.
How are compression leggings distinct from compression tights?
Distinctions in the languages
It's possible that the words "leggings" and "tights" have different meanings in other languages. In Norway, we call these garments "tights," while in the United States, for instance, we call them "leggings" because "tights" are more commonly known as "pantyhose."
A distinction in usage
Compression leggings are tights that are worn for medicinal or sporting purposes. Varicose veins and other vein problems were initially treated with the first compression leggings by preventing the development of complications like deep vein thrombosis. For medical purposes, some people also use compression stockings or pantyhose (flying, pregnancy, etc).
There is an overwhelming variety of leggings available, each with its own set of unique benefits. What matters most is how supported and comfortable you feel in them, whether you're training for a marathon, performing squat reps in the gym, or just hanging out. The ideal pair of leggings will be soft against the skin, provide a snug, "second-skin" fit, and inspire unparalleled confidence throughout the exercise.
You can also buy waist compression leggings from LURI.