Tale as old as time.
Well, as old as athletic pants have been around.
The dreaded fear that you’ll give everyone a peek of your underwear, or lack thereof.
Luckily, the answer to this conundrum is a pretty simple one: choose the right kind of fabric!
There are SO many types of fabrics available for sportswear, like Cotton, Polyester, Spandex, Nylon, Elastane, Lycra® and a couple more fancy names that some companies will make up just to say they made a special fabric of their own… but that’s none of my business.
We could honestly talk about fabrics all day. I could make a separate post about each one and the benefits/disadvantages to each.
But I won’t bore you.
Basically: Stay away from cotton blends if you plan to do any kind of strenuous workout.
A thicker cotton fabric may save you from a peep show in Yoga class, all while keeping you feeling like a hot sauna during Thursday’s Bootcamp class.
Although it is one of the only non-manmade fabrics available, you won’t be reaping the non-cotton benefits. Cotton won’t give you the sweat-wicking, anti-microbial benefits of non-cotton blends such as polyester/spandex or nylon/elastane.
Good for Yoga, No Bueno for CrossFit or other high-intensity movement classes.
Just tell Cotton that it’s not his fault he pops up in a majority of clothing, but that you need a workout partner that won’t hold onto moisture, shrink in a hot shower, and show everyone your private business.
Pretty reasonable request right?
Plus, if you stick with cotton, you’re kind of limiting yourself on the beautiful color options available in athletic wear!
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Because my pants wardrobe sure can! Having owned every color workout legging, I can honestly say that color has a HUGE factor. Black or Navy colors may seem like the natural choice, but you’ll be safe with a darker green, some purples, or even some Red blends, like a nice Maroon.
With so many factors to be considered when purchasing new leggings, the last thing you want to worry about is bending over and showing everyone your underwear. Choose the right size, feel the fabric for its thickness (#DownWithTheThickness), and ditch the cotton blends. You can find this level of protection in our Force Leggings, which come in an amazing limited edition military green color. Edited to Add: We are sold out of the military green color, but have a few pairs left of our Force 2.0 leggings with pockets!
This color not only looks good on everyone, but it passes the squat test.
AKA, the does-it-show-my-butt-through-the-pants test.
It’s notoriously hard to find a pair of workout pants that aren’t see-through, these leggings are great and are not see-through at all, says Jessica, of Easy Living Today, who recently reviewed our Force Leggings.
Leah K. of Martinez, CA says, “I absolutely love these pants! I’m always nervous to go away from black but these are great. No camel toes which is a plus, they are soft and stay in place while running or jumping. Plus I love the back pocket.”
Another great review from @magmilerunner!
The material we used on these Force Leggings is so amazing, that we’ve decided to do another round of them, this time in Black (GASP). The fabric is the same thickness you trust but we’ve added some key features to make it even better, including a higher waist with a drawstring. It also has side pockets… which are perfect for holding your phone, keys, ID, and bank cards. Trust me, I’ve tried it all.
You don’t have to worry about the Curse of the Black Pant: We got your Backside Covered!
How many trusted pairs of leggings do you have!?
Malia is the owner, and mamapreneur, of Lifting the Dream. When she’s not lifting heavy weights, she’s doing some fun shit outdoors with her family or taste testing local ciders. She is a Cali girl born and raised, with salt water in her veins and sunshine in her heart. She and her family now reside near Denver, Colorado, soaking up the 300+ days of sunshine and breathtaking (literally, altitude) views.
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