The Best Women’s Gym Shorts


Gemma Yates Tuesday, July 27, 2021 – 15:47 Call us optimistic, but as soon as temperatures start to rise, we?re thinking about switching our go-to leggings for a pair of breezy gym shorts. Whether you?re gagging to get back to group exercise classes or getting excited about al fresco workouts, if you like your sessions sweaty, shorts are non-negotiable. But, much like shopping for jeans and swimwear , finding the perfect pair of workout shorts can be a minefield. How short is too short? Should you go two-in-one or cycling style? Do they pass the squat test? And, the dealbreaker, are they going to ride up mid-sesh and chafe your thighs? So many questions. Fear not, we?ve done the legwork (sorry) for you and picked out the best women?s gym shorts to shop now for running, weight training , yoga and more. Lululemon Align HR Shorts If we had £1 for every time someone raved to us about Lululemon?s Align leggings, we?d be the proud owners of one seriously slick home gym by now. And the Align shorts are equally covetable: bum-lifting and buttery soft, they work equally well for yoga, low-impact workouts or long weekend walks. The hardest decision to make is which of the 10 colours and prints and three leg lengths to go for. The 6in version is the best seller, FYI. Buy from Lululemon | £38 Sweaty Betty Power 6in Cycling Shorts Unsurprisingly, given the popularity of the brand?s leggings of the same name, the Power shorts are Sweaty Betty?s top-rated style. Available in 6in or 9in leg lengths and multiple colour options ? including the leopard print pictured ? they?re made from the same compressive squat-proof fabric and are designed to deliver high performance whatever your workout. Not forgetting the all-important double pocket detail. Buy from Sweaty Betty | £55 TALA Hosta Shorts Affordable, sustainable (made with 92% recycled polyamide) and oh-so Instagrammable, TALA?s high-compression Hosta shorts work some serious body-contouring magic for a fit that?s as flattering as it is functional. From four-leaf clover green to luxe latte, the muted shades look as good during an intense leg-day workout as they do at a leisurely weekend brunch. Buy from TALA | £30 See related  How To Choose Running Shoes The Best Running Shoes Of 2021 The Best Adidas Running Shoes For Every Type Of Runner Adidas Marathon 20 Shorts As the name suggests, these comfy running shorts are designed to go the distance. They?re definitely on the short-shorts side, but that thigh-skimming hemline ? along with water-absorbent AEROREADY fabric and inner mesh briefs ? will keep you cool and dry as you move. Plus, we?re suckers for the retro ?70s runner vibe that Adidas does so well. Buy from Adidas | £22 (some colourways reduced to £15.40) Under Armour Women?s UA Qualifier Speedpocket Shorts Nothing puts you off your stride on a treadmill like a bouncing phone and these smart shorts offer the perfect solution. The waistband features Under Armour?s signature Speedpocket, an expandable water-resistant pocket that acts as a built-in running belt. Buy from Under Armour | £36 (currently reduced to £17.97) Marks & Spencer Goodmove Printed Layered Running Shorts Affordable, stylish and functional, Marks & Spencer?s Goodmove collection is giving H&M a run for its money as the go-to high street sportswear retailer. With this double-layer style, the sweat-wicking base layer prevents chafing while the loose-fit outer layer provides a little extra coverage ? but it?s the khaki leopard print that seals the deal. Buy from Marks & Spencer | £19.50 On Running Shorts Designed so you won?t forever be adjusting them, these two-in-one shorts have a thick, comfy waistband (with essential back pocket), an ultra-lightweight outer layer and an inner skin-tight layer along with a clever silicone grip to stop any riding up. Buy from On Running | £70 Nike AeroSwift Tight Running Shorts Skimpy but super-comfortable, Nike?s AeroSwift shorts may be designed for running but the supportive yet stretchy fabric can handle lifting, spinning and high-impact sessions too. In statement ombre stripes or classic black, they?re made from up to 75% recycled polyester and go up to size 26. Buy from Nike | £54.95 Girlfriend Collective High Rise Bike Shorts Like your gym shorts to offer a little extra coverage? You?ve got it. Made using recycled plastic bottles and spandex with a compressive fit and smoothing effect, Girlfriend Collective?s best-selling bike shorts feel good, look good and do good. They?re also ride-up resistant. Slip them on for squats , HIIT sessions and spin classes. Buy from The Sports Edit | £40
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