Choosing The Perfect Pair of Activewear Leggings for Your Workout
One of the best things about pursuing an active lifestyle today is choice. Gyms have come a long way. Going further than just a treadmill, a muted TV and a rack of weights, modern gyms offer an endless variety of equipment to improve your workout.
From Yoga to high-intensity group classes, to enlightening workouts that tap into our spiritual and emotional wellbeing as much as any physical benefits - such as Powerful Pilates, SoulCycle and KAAIAA - there are so many opportunities to be active and stay active.
Buzzing neighbourhoods and city precincts appear to have just as many gyms on every corner as they do bars and clubs. Many of which come with their own activewear retail space and smoothie bar to entice us further, influencing our “better-for-us choices”.
Then there are outdoor activities. Travelling to the coast, heading inland towards nature, or hiking along mountain trails (now the fourth most popular outdoor activity in the US), outdoor boot camps, running, walking, cycling, and skating appear more popular than ever too. And in Australia, more than half the population turn to physical activities for recreation, with a majority playing organised sports.
Whatever form of exercise, workout, sweat session or sports discipline we prefer, we’re likely to perform better when the activewear we choose feels good and does the job we expect.
How to Choose The Right Leggings
We design our activewear to stay in place while we stretch and move around, providing compression for running and walking while wicking away moisture in warm weather or during intense sweat sessions.
Keep reading to learn how to choose the right pair of P.E Nation Leggings for all your favourite workouts.
The Best Leggings for Yoga & Pilates
Whether you’re preparing for an hour of sun salutations and tree poses or readying yourself for a mat or reformer style Pilates session, you should be wearing some workout tights. Finding the right pair means looking for supreme stretch, comfort, and breathability.
You want a fabric that will move with you and feel like a second skin. Our P.E Nation leggings made from our Bamboo-viscose fabrication are ideal for low-impact workouts such as yoga and Pilates.
P.E Nation Recommendation: The Match Play Legging, a 7/8 length high-rise style with a soft matte finish. Made from 80% Bamboo, 20% Elastane, it has four-way stretch and is comfortable enough for all-day wear, too.
The Best Leggings for High-Intensity Training
For all your burpees, box jumps, and back-to-back circuit sessions, you need a pair of gym leggings that stay put while you jump, twist and turn. Perfect for high-impact training, as well as downtempo workouts, our lightweight fabrication is less restrictive, allowing you to go further on those plyo lunges.
P.E Nation Recommendation: The Infield Legging, a high-rise, full-length style with squat proof fabrication and mesh panelling on the lower leg for added breathability. It’s made from 65% recycled nylon, too, for a sustainable activewear leggings option.
The Best Leggings for Running
When you’re gunning for that Personal Best, your dream legging is going to stay in place and not slip while you cruise through those kilometres. Go for sports leggings with a compressive fabrication, plus a little hip pocket, to keep your hands free of energy gels or small essentials you need to carry while you’re smashing records.
P.E Nation Recommendation: The Best Play Legging. A 7/8 length high-rise style, these squat proof leggings offer premium stretch and recovery. They also have a small open pocket at the hip and laser-cut perforations on the lower leg for added breathability.
The Best Leggings for All-Day Comfort
If you want activewear leggings with elevated appeal and more of a fashion vibe than a fitness look, any of our styles cut from our Scuba fabric will fit the bill. Soft and smooth with a slightly spongy feel and premium flexibility, this fabrication provides excellent coverage with a luxurious easy-to-wear experience, for a statement athleisure piece.
P.E Nation Recommendation: The Impact Legging in Charcoal, a full-length high rise style. Or, the Drop Step Legging in Black, with an extra-high rise waistband. Both feature a lace-up detail at the front and gold-plated hardware for an elevated look. Wear with a blazer or shirt for total all-day status.
P.E Nation Leggings Sizing Guide
If you’re new to P.E Nation and feel unsure about which size sports leggings will be the best fit for you, use our Size Guide to help you work out measurements and find the right fit. We’ve even got a Garment Care guide for prolonging the life of your leggings.
Alternatively, you can check the “Item Details” tab for each style of leggings. This will tell you whether it is mid- or high-waisted, 7/8 or full length, whether they’re squat proof leggings, and more. We’ll even tell you which activity is best suited to that product to help you decide between running tights, yoga tights, gym tights, as well as which styles of activewear are designed for low, medium and high-impact activities.
You can contact our Customer Care team for further information and help with sizing advice and other queries you might have.
Keep an eye on our New Arrivals page for more P.E Nation sports luxe athleisure and activewear, including our all-new Menswear collection, as well as our blog for all the latest fashion streetwear tips.