33 Best Squat Proof Leggings For Any Budget & Taste (2021)

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These are the best 33 squat proof leggings right now, according to top fitness experts.

Have you ever been to the gym, only to realize that your leggings aren’t quite as obscure as you thought?

Or, even worse, that there’s a developing crack in your leggings, as it happened to me!

Lesson learned, hence the article today, sharing with you the top 33 squat-proof leggings, designed to keep you safe from embarrassing moments.

What Are Squat Proof Leggings Made Of?

When choosing a pair of squat-proof leggings, safety, comfort, and fit are essential.

And, when it comes to holding up, the fabric type and quality matter a lot.

Some leggings are a dream for lounging, but a total nightmare for working out.

Thin materials such as modal or cotton are adequate for morning strolls or lounging horizontally.

However, a sweaty routine requires more durable fabrics such as polyester or nylon.

To understand more about the best materials for squat proof leggings, I have reached out to the best female trainers right now.

From high-waist fits to sustainably made styles, their picks can withstand multiple rounds of squats, lunges, and deadlifts without rolling, slipping, stretching, or turning see-through.

In this article, you’ll find leggings thick enough to keep your bum covered but also breathable, comfortable, and stylish AF!

These are the most recommended leggings for squatting, running, burpees, or HIIT.

Without further ado, these are the best 33 squat-proof leggings of 2021.

1. Truepurpose Squat Proof Leggings

Stella McCartney x Adidas leggings

BRAND | Adidas by Stella McCartney
PRICE | $120

Highly recommended by fitness pros, Adidas by Stella McCartney is on the top of this list.

These squat proof leggings are extra-high in the waist and have stirrups.

No muffin top here and these babies will stay put, no matter how low you go.

Bonus: Stella’s squat leggings are made from recycled materials, perfect for eco-conscious sportswomen out there, looking to make several statements at once.

2. Leg-a-See Swoosh Leggings

Nike leg-a-see gym leggings

BRAND | Nike
PRICE | $45

If you’re looking for proof gym leggings, then these are for you.

Cotton-rich Nike Leg-a-See leggings have just enough Spandex to provide a fit that is both supportive and flattering.

The iconic swoosh is simple yet stylish, perfect for conquering your workout and the world.

Moreover, this pair of weightlifting leggings is one of the few pairs of leggings with pockets on this list.

3. City Ready Women’s 7/8 Training Tights

Nike gym tights

BRAND | Nike
PRICE | $130

Another great squat-proof pair of power leggings from Nike.

The brand’s City Ready tights are made from a thick material, a high waist, and super sexy seams.

No chance of droopy Hammertime harem pants happening here.

The moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry, perfect for squats and any high-intensity workout.

4. Tri-Panel High-Waisted Leggings

Beyond Yoga leggings

BRAND | Beyond Yoga
PRICE | $110 $77

Most fitness experts agree that the triple panel of the Beyond Yoga high-waisted squat leggings helped them to achieve success.

No one in yoga class signed up to witness the execution of an unsolicited wedgie, and hoisting your leggings back into place is not what you want ever to have to do.

Stick with these high-waisted midi tights, and you won’t have to.

5. Wunder Train High-Rise Tights

Lululemon Wunder leggings

BRAND | Lululemon
PRICE | $98 – $132

Lululemon is a top pick amongst fitness gurus for a good reason.

These Wunder Train High-Rise leggings are made of the new Everlux fabric, a marvel of quick-drying that will keep you cool and comfortable throughout your session.

The drawcord offers added security, so you’ll never have to worry about tugging them back into place.

A hidden pocket in the waist provides a safe space to store your keys and card.

6. Align Pants II 25″

Lululemon Align gym leggings

BRAND | Lululemon
PRICE | $98 – $149

This pair of ultimate gym leggings is another winner from Lululemon.

Lululemon Aligns isn’t just my favorite pair of leggings, it is my best piece of clothing, period.

Never have I worn something so soft, so flattering, and so comfortable.

The weightless, buttery-soft fabric hugs without binding so you can concentrate on what matters.

And, despite previous claims of Lululemon leggings being sheer, these ones are not.

The Align II comes in a range of colors and lengths to suit every season and activity, with a hidden waistband pocket for essentials.

7. High-Waist Squat-Proof Tights

Go as u.r squat proof leggings

BRAND | go as u.r
PRICE | $ 127

‘go as u.r’ activewear creations are world renown for their support and comfort and the ‘Energetic’ high-waist tights are just another perfect example.

The moisture-wicking fabric is both, breathable – helping with sweat evaporation – and sustainable, as it is made from recovered sea fishing nets.

The high waistband and double-layered zones on the calves ensure a stay-put fit and provide targeted support exactly where it is needed.

Pair these beauties with a halter top for a super trendy and stylish look.

8. High-Waisted 7/8 Gym Leggings

Joylab squat proof leggings

BRAND | Joylab
PRICE | $120

Joylab’s leggings’ seamless construction offers a smooth, sleek look and the high-rise waist is ideal for intense workouts.

No saggy Spandex here, these leggings are excellent for a hot yoga class as well.

The 7/8 length provides comfort, freedom, and flexibility, not to mention it looks flattering on any body type.

Laser-cut-out detailing makes these squat proof leggings perfect for fashion-forward females.

9. High Rise Pocket Leggings

Girlfriend Collective high rise pocket leggings

BRAND | Girlfriend Collective
PRICE | $78

Girlfriend Collective’s leggings have a wide waistband that provides all the support you’ll need for a serious workout.

Because we all need a change from black from time to time, these leggings come in various fun colors.

Everyone looks pretty in pink, and forest green looks great in the woods and the urban jungle.

Made from recycled water bottles, this one is a sustainable fashion statement and a winner for the planet too.

10. Compressive High-Rise Leggings

Compressive High-Rise Leggings

BRAND | Girlfriend Collective
PRICE | $68

Another gem from Girlfriend Collective, these leggings are made from opaque fabric but are not heavy at all.

The fact that they’re opaque helps a lot if you must wear period panties at the gym.

Moreover, thanks to the four-way stretch material, your panties are invisible, regardless of the type of workout you’re doing.

Finally, these leggings are sustainable (made from recycled water bottles) and come in an ‘inclusive size’ range.

11. Maternity Leggings

Girlfriend Collective maternity leggings

BRAND | Girlfriend Collective
PRICE | $88

Looking for the best leggings for squats?

Try Girlfriend Collective, a label I love because it truly knows what women want.

These high-quality maternity leggings will last through your third trimester, staying put without squishing you.

Maternity often equals many squats, so these leggings provide the super-stretchy and extremely comfy protection you need.

A great pair of squat-proof leggings of excellent fit for you and your bump.

Also, I highly recommend you check this article if you’re looking for some cheap maternity clothes.

12. Leopard Jacquard Leggings

Good American gym leopard print tights

BRAND | Good American
PRICE | $98

Are you feeling wild? Go for the bold Good American leopard jacquard leggings.

As flattering as comfortable, the high-rise style waist will stay put no matter how hard you work them.

These squat-proof leggings will show off your curves and your unique fashion style.

13. Royal Squat Proof Leggings

Onzie Squat-Proof Leggings

BRAND | Onzie
PRICE | $102

Onzie Royal sweat and squat proof tights deliver big time, on the demanding range of movement and breathability.

Great for yoga flows, the mesh panel shows some skin — but not in the back.

Get up and get going with these leggings that are sexy and safe in the seat.

14. Zoom Squat Proof 7/8 Leggings

Outdoor Voices 7/8 leggings

BRAND | Outdoor Voices
PRICE | $98

In my opinion, these are the best squat proof leggings right now.

Outdoor Voices is on a mission to get people moving during demanding fitness sessions and sweaty workouts.

Made from moisture-wicking SuperForm fabric with a high waist and two phone pockets, these leggings are designed for worry-free, high-impact activity.

A pair of leggings that bring the fun back into your functional workouts and any other needs you might have to perform around town.

15. Veronica Squat Proof Leggings

Year Of Ours Veronica Leggings

BRAND | Year of Ours
PRICE | $108

A stunning pair of squat-proof leggings, designed with the life of a contemporary woman in mind.

The Year of Ours Veronica boasts a high crossover V waist that guarantees full bum and back coverage.

Moreover, it does that while keeping the style transitions seamlessly, from the gym to the rest of your busy day.

Comfortable, compressive, moisture-wicking, and sexy, you sacrifice nothing, least of all performance.

16. Salutation Stash Pocket II Tights

Athleta squat proof tights

BRAND | Athleta
PRICE | $98

Soft yet firm, real professionals know that the Athleta Salutation squat proof leggings are some of the most comfortable you’ll ever own.

Great pair of tights that come with a handy side pocket, because women need to stash lots of stuff, no?

Perfect for dancing, yoga, high-intensity, and of course, squats.

17. Nova Squat Proof Leggings


BRAND | Enavant Active
PRICE | $105

Envant’s Active Nova seamless design at the waist and ankles fits like a second skin, and the flat-locked seams provide extra strength and durability.

Supportive and super flattering, Enavant’s leggings will become your go-to for squatting, walking the dog, getting coffee, running errands…you get the picture.

18. Vamp Gym Tights

Alala Gym tights

BRAND | Alala
PRICE | $115

For high-intensity training, the experts agree that it’s hard to beat these high-stretch leggings.

A pair of affordable leggings that provide superior back coverage thanks to the thick, yet breathable fabric.

Available in a range of colors, you can find one to match your mood.

19. Camo Seamless Squat Proof Leggings

women's best squat proof leggings 2021

BRAND | Women’s Best
PRICE | $59 $41 

These leggings won’t squash your curves or flash your neighbor when you squat.

The breathable material is extra comfortable, and the ribbed waistband won’t slip or slide when you’re hitting it hard.

As for the soft jacquard camo pattern, it’s a perennial favorite that will make you stand out.

20. Sydney High Waist Techflex 7/8 Leggings

Splits59 High Waist 7/8 Leggings

BRAND | Splits59
PRICE | $128

Versatile and stylish, this fun and floral pair of squat test leggings will take you to the gym and then brunch afterward.

The premium quality material is quick-drying and perfect for everything from yoga to CrossFit to running and will guarantee that no unappealing sweat stains appear on your derriere.

21. Extreme High Waist Moto Leggings

Alo Yoga Leggings

BRAND | Alo Yoga
PRICE | $118

The Extreme High-Waist Moto Legging in the brand’s signature sculpting Airbrush is an update to Alo’s bestselling Moto Legging.

This updated pair of yoga pants squats a super-chic, high-waist silhouette.

Sleek and comfortable, these leggings are ideal to pair with your go-to crop top or bra.

Moreover, if good enough for celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, and Gigi Hadid, these high-waist Alo leggings must be good enough for us too, right?

Tested; I assure you these are squat-proof and 100% opaque – yet comfortable and breathable.

Moreover, my pair held up very well to lots of washes, so I highly recommend them to heavy users.

22. Seamless Sports Leggings

H&M seamless leggings

PRICE | $29

Ankle-length sports leggings in fast-drying, functional fabric with jacquard-patterned details.

High waist and wide, elasticized waistband.

Designed with a minimum number of seams for added comfort and increased freedom of movement.

23. Tuxedo High-Rise Stretch-Jersey Leggings

Live the Process high rise leggings

BRAND | Live the Process
PRICE | $149

Inspired by tailoring codes, Live The Process’s green Tuxedo leggings feature a wide, supportive waistband that echoes a cummerbund.

Crafted in the USA from a moisture-wicking stretch jersey, these leggings are finished with pintucks running down the back of the legs for an elongating effect.

24. Bar First Position Leggings

P.E Nation Gym leggings

BRAND | P.E Nation
PRICE | $100

Co-founded by Australian designers Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning, activewear label P.E Nation gleans inspiration from fashion and applies it to the multi-faceted everyday lives of active women.

P.E Nation gives a nostalgic nod to physical education while also encapsulating the tomboy attitude of designer Edwards.

In its collection of movement-friendly hoodies, leggings, and tops, P.E Nation focuses on confident, authentic designs, embracing functionality, fabric, and fit in every piece.

25. High-Rise Weightless Chevron Leggings

Tory Burch gym leggings

BRAND | Tory Burch
PRICE | $128 – $180

Tory Burch has entered the world of athleisure with the debut of her Tory Sport collection.

Eschewing the hyper-modern look favored by most other brands, Tory Sport focuses on combining contemporary functionality with pieces that feature the bold color-blocking and crisp lines of the best ’70s and ’80s activewear.

From workout-ready leggings to preppy sweater dresses, Tory Sport apparel features the perfect mixture of comfort and class.

26. Live In High Waist Leggings

Zella gym leggings

BRAND | Zella
PRICE | $59

Zella is created with comfort innovation and performance technology that make us feel strong, balanced, engaged in the now, and ready for what’s next.

The moisture-wicking construction keeps you cool as your workout warms up in stretchy, figure-sculpting leggings with a high, slip-free waistband.

27. Everyday Squat Proof Performance Leggings

Ivl collective gym tights

BRAND | Ivl Collective
PRICE | $98 $73.50

Whether I’m doing a fitness class, running, or going about my daily life, these are my go-to leggings.

Made of performance fabric and have a high waist, you can wear them all day without worrying about falling down or turning see-through when squatting, cleaning, or just picking something up.

If you live a busy lifestyle, this is an excellent and multifunctional pair of leggings you’ll love to wear.

28. Pro Squat Proof Leggings

Nike pro leggings

BRAND | Nike
PRICE | $50

Nike makes a lot of athlete-approved leggings, (I’ve covered two above) but one of its most popular pairs is the Nike Pro tights.

I own two pairs and I can say they’re the ones I reach day after day.

I feel that Nike Pro leggings are supportive enough for any activity or intensity level and provide me with full coverage – in all the right places.

29. All Access Center Stage Leggings

Bandier squat proof leggings

BRAND | Bandier
PRICE | $98

All the style bloggers and celebs (looking at you, Ashley Graham!) who are obsessed with Bandier leggings are onto something.

I bought a pair of the best-selling All-Access Center Stage leggings and found them to be silky smooth, appropriately thick, and very flattering.

30. Flex Squat Proof Leggings

Joylab squat proof leggings

BRAND | Gymshark
PRICE | $40

If you follow any fitness influencers on Instagram, chances are high you’ve seen them rocking a pair of Gymshark leggings.

Not only high-waisted, opaque, and super soft, but these iconic Gymshark leggings feature a flattering design as well.

Made for the craziest squat day, Flex leggings are also the brand’s most popular pairs right now.

Oh, one more thing; I’ve found this pair of gym shark leggings better than the best seamless leggings I’ve tried.

31. The Tenacity Leggings

Balance Athletica gym leggings

BRAND | Balance Athletica
PRICE | $80

I’ve been a fan of Balance Athletica since the day I started following their founder, @taychayy.

The Instagram-famous activewear brand prides itself on being size-inclusive and high-quality.

I own a pair myself and always feel comfortable and supported when I wear them.

The high-waisted cut is flattering, functional, fashionable and not transparent at all.

Plus, there are tons of styles and colors (including tie-dye!) to choose from.

32. Moto Vegan Stretch-Leather Leggings

Spanx vegan leather leggings

PRICE | $111

Spanx’s ‘Moto’ faux stretch-leather leggings are designed to smooth your legs.

The brand likens the support level to a “firm hug.”

Spanx moto has a signature ‘Power Waistband’ that sculpts your stomach and offers plenty of coverage.

Also, the contouring ribbed panels make them stand out from a mile.

Wear them with sneakers or slides for maximum effect.

33. Lux 2.0 High Rise Tights

Reebok Gym Leggings

BRAND | Reebok
PRICE | $65

Launched in 1895, Reebok’s heritage defines its future as an undisputed fitness expert.

With high-performance credentials, its iconic leggings are stamped with authenticity, to look just as good kicking back or crossing the finish line.

In particular, these women’s training tights are designed for all the ways you work out.

Made from the brand’s proprietary material – a moisture-wicking matte-look fabric with plenty of stretches – these are some of the best tights out there.

Also, the wide, high-rise waist provides full coverage and a sculpted silhouette.

There you have it, the best 33 squat-proof leggings of 2021.

Now it’s your turn…

What’s the most embarrassing gym thing that’s ever happened to you and how do deal with it?

Do you use squat-proof leggings? If yes, where? Casual, at the gym, at home?

Did you see your favorite squat-proof leggings brand on our top?

If not, what’s your favorite squat proof pair of leggings and why?

Share your thoughts and experience below, so other amazing women like you can benefit from your knowledge.

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Mandy Meyer
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After years of managing hundreds of fashion brands from London's office of a global retailer, Mandy has ventured into freelancing. Connected with several fashion retailers and media platforms in the US, Australia, and the UK, Mandy uses her expertise to consult for emerging fashion brands create top-notch content as an editorial strategist for several online publications.

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  1. We, Russians, are very picky when it comes to what we wear at the gym, almost like a catwalk show. The brand of leggings you wear is so important, that even your gym subscription depends on it. So, while I like the leggings brands in this article, in Russia you can’t wear them at expensive gyms. What you need are Versage leggings, Stella McCartney, Dior, and so on.


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