Gym tights are a staple in every active woman's wardrobe, these versatile bottoms can enhance your performance, keep you warm in winter, cool in summer and flatter your figure all year round, so it’s essential to find a pair that’s right for you.
Full Length: Full length gym tights are best for winter workouts, keeping you warmer in the cold and protecting all of your leg. These are also better for floor workouts such as yoga, where you may drag your legs across the floor and graze your skin. For heavy lifts such as the deadlift, opt for full length bottoms to protect your calves from scraping. The bar should shave your legs, but not literally.
¾ Length ¾ length bottoms are best for warmer summer workouts, allowing your skin to remain cool. ¾ lengths also work well for women with shorter legs, who have spare material in a full length fit.
High Waist: A high waist is great for multifunctional workouts, where your body needs the freedom to be able to move in multiple planes of motion, without flashing any flesh.
Low Waist: A low waist sits comfortably and suits a larger figure, or workouts of lower intensity.
Elastic: An elasticated waistline helps to ensure a personalised fit and will adapt naturally to your body. An elastic waistline offers the greatest flexibility and is also good at keeping you comfortable and staying up!
Wideband: A wide waistband ensures maximum comfort and leaves a smooth silhouette, holding you in all the right places.
Drawstring: Drawstrings are great for a personalised fit, customisable to your exact size. Drawstrings also offer a fit which stays true, whereas elasticated bands can sometimes stretch.
Tights for you body type
Women come in all shapes and sizes and we’re self conscious at the best of times, so when it comes to compromising positions in the gym, we want to feel comfortable and look our best. Fortunately, fitness wear can be flattering and there is a shape and style which will suit almost everyone.
If you have a boyish figure
If your figure is basically straight up and down, you’ll have narrow hips and a small bust. Opt for a tight which provides shape defining seams. Seams which line the curves provide shape to define your figure. Our Sundried Ruinette tight (link) has curve enhancing reflective strips which define your quads and hamstrings and flatter your figure, as well as enhancing your visibility. Seam’s around the seat of your tights will also add curves to a flat bottom, whilst you work on that with your squats!
If you have a curvier figure
Women with curvier legs should opt for tights which downplay thicker thighs, a wide supportive waistband will help keep everything tucked in and a ¾ leg will draw attention to your ankle and the thinner part of your calves.
If you’re petite
For petite women, the first battle is always finding tights with bottoms which don’t drag along the floor behind you. Combine this with a higher waist which provides the illusion of lengthier pins and you're onto a winner. Women's tights made with spandex are easy to mould to a shorter leg due to the materials stretch properties, whereas cotton would need to be tailored.
Gym Tight Materials
Nylon is thin and lightweight, it wicks sweat away quickly and dries fast. Nylon can also have rip resisting properties, making it a strong and durable material. Nylon dries quickly, making it a good choice for high intensity workout tights.
Cotton is often picked for gym tights as it is the most comfortable against the skin. It is particularly good for resistance training where there won't be lots of chafing or perspiration risk, and comfort is prioritised over function, however cotton loses its shape after continuous wear.
Cotton blends combine the comfort and feel of cotton with the technical function of other materials. Combining cotton and spandex allows cotton to retain its shape and elasticity.
Spandex has 4 way stretch properties and is often used in compression tights and much of our gym wardrobes. Spandex is great for keeping you covered in compromising positions such as yoga or gymnastics. It is less likely to ride up you legs and moulds to your shape.
Microfibers are small synthetic fibres woven into cloth. Microfiber fabrics are lightweight and fast drying, making them an increasingly popular choice.
Clinically, compression gear is designed to deliver specific levels of pressure to the affected limb. Typical pressure ranges are from 20 to 40 millimeters of mercury, depending on the limb and the clinical indication. Most who choose to wear compression garments anticipate that they will experience improved circulation and mechanics. It is thought that compression garments may reduce muscle oscillations which will theoretically optimize the contraction direction of muscle fibers, resulting in improved mechanical efficiency and running kinematics.Use of compression gear may also reduce vibration in skeletal muscle during training and competition. It is hypothesized that the reduced vibration would contribute to less muscle trauma, and as a result, less fatigue and biomechanical alterations during the course of an endurance event. Following the event, the combined benefit of these outcomes would be reduced exercise-induced muscle damage. As a result, athletes are expected to experience less soreness, edema and faster recovery in the days after exercise.
Top Tips for Women’s Tights
- Look for high quality materials, which will not turn see through when stretched.
- Buy drawstring leggings - guaranteed to not fall down.
- Opt for tights with a pocket if you’re training outside, you don’t want to wind up locked out.
- Confidence in your clothing will give you confidence in your workout, make sure you buy a pair which will make you feel good about yourself.
- Look for flatlock seams, particularly important in gym tights as chaffed thighs can be incredibly painful.
Featuring the Sundried Ruinette Tight