Those tight pants and hold-it-all-in workout bra may be good for a long run but might be way too constrictive for a yoga class. Not all workout clothes are created equal. Whether you’re shaking your stuff in a Zumba class or getting a deep stretch in during Pilates, you need exercise pants to help you kick butt, not hold you back. Ill fitting clothing can cause chafing and skin irritations too. We are here to break down how to dress your best while sweating it out.
What to look for: High compression, stay-put waistband, temperature control.
The last thing you want to think about during a run is, quite frankly, your pants. Look for a pair that feels as comfortable as a second skin. Look for a high waistband that is supportive and breathable. You want a fabric that responds to changes in temperature to keep you warm or cool as needed.
What to look for: light compression, wide and flat waistband, lots of stretch
No one has time to hike up her pants when you’re really into your pose. The waistband should be wide and flat so that it stays put throughout your class.
What to look for: medium compression, stay-put waistband, non-slippery fabric, nothing metal.
In Pilates you are stretching your legs in all different directions, as well as spending time upside-down in exercises. The last thing you want to worry about is your pants falling down. Since you’re spending the entire class pressed against a mat, machine or other apparatus, you need pants that won’t slip and won’t snag.
What to look for: Fabric that will keep you cool and dry with medium to high compression
Any cardio dance class that involves a lot of jumping and bouncing around requires a strong dose of compression for muscle support. However, depending on your flexibility and the type of movement you’re doing, you might prefer to opt for medium compression to maintain a greater range of motion. You want to be able to shake it all over the dance floor right?
What to look for: High waist, wide waistband with light to medium compression
Any barre-loving woman knows that the deeper you squat, the more you shake… and the shaking means it’s working. So come prepared to dip it low with a pair of pants that offer enough stretch and compression that allows you to move. Also, skip the low-rise styles in favor of a higher waist, it helps you hold your abs in.
Writer: Erin Jensen, PA-C & Claremont Club Member