11 Best high-waisted gym leggings to buy in 2022

FOR anyone looking for an ultra-comfortable workout legging, the best high-waisted gym leggings need to be on their radar.

Not only will you find some of the best high-waisted leggings to suit any sport, from yoga to running, but many have added benefits, like bum-sculpting, tummy-smoothing and four-way stretch flexibility.

Compression leggings with tummy control offer support without digging in during your workout.

Plus – many have a pocket, perfectly suited to holding your mobile phone.

You’ll also find that high-waisted leggings are the choice when it comes to bum-shaping – and pairing with crop tops and sports bras for your workout.

At the high end of the spending spectrum, Sweaty Betty’s high-waisted leggings get rave reviews in terms of fit, comfort, and appearance (they are amazing).

For a similar effect at a fraction of the price, try Amazon for a range of high-waisted gym leggings in different styles and colourways.

Here’s our pick of some of the best high-waisted gym leggings on the market right now.

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We tested: Sweaty Betty Power High-Waisted Gym Leggings

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  • Power High-Waisted Gym Leggings, £75 from Sweaty Betty – buy here

Sweaty Betty’s latest Power High-Waisted Gym Leggings promise everything: compression, bum-sculpting, sweat-wicking, squat-proofing and they’re supportive to boot.

We took them for a test run to see if they’re worth splashing out for.

As a size 10-12, when the medium arrived and it looked small, we were worried about whether it would fit. But once we pulled them on, we instantly fell in love with the skin-tight sculpting support and softer-than-soft feel.

They rise right up, just below your ribs, holding you in tightly whilst keeping you really comfy in the process – they’re so flexible that it feels like you’re not wearing anything at all.

From yoga to running, there’s no workout that these leggings won’t assist you through as they’re sweat-wicking and they’re even complete with trusty pockets on either side that are so seamless you hardly notice your phone or keys in there. In short, we’re obsessed.

We tested: Amazon’s viral SEASUM Honeycomb High Waist Gym Leggings

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  1. (AD) SEASUM Honeycomb High Waist Gym Leggings, from £4.28 from Amazon – buy here

Whether you’ve seen them on singer Lizzo, or simply all over your TikTok feed, Amazon’s Seasum leggings have gone viral for their butt-sculpting super powers.

Priced from just £4.28 up to £21.99, these honey-comb textured leggings have a v-cut hip line design to lift and mould your silhouette. We tried them out to see if it’s worth jumping on the band-wagon.

First off, we were impressed with the 27 different styles to choose from: there’s colourful tie-dye options and more toned-down staple colours too – we chose black and pink tie dye.

When they quickly arrived vacuum packed (some styles qualify for Prime next-day delivery), the softness of the stretchy, waffle-like fabric, and the vibrant colour garnered points for quality.

As a tall size 10-12, we ordered a large to ensure they were long enough, yet size medium would have given extra butt-lift, as we found the leggings really comfy and definitely flattering but didn’t see the dramatic shaping that TikTok raves about.

As sports-come-loungewear leggings, they do the job well, but you need a Lizzo-level butt to expect those kind of results (we’re off to squat).

We tested: Pour Moi Energy Mesh Panel Sports Leggings

We love the design of these Pour Moi gym leggings
  • Energy Mesh Panel Sports Leggings, £27 from Pour Moi – buy here

We think these are possibly some of the prettiest gym leggings we’ve seen.

And if pretty gym wear motivates you to workout (like it does us), then these high waisted leggings from Pour Moi might be the way to go.

We tested them out and loved the design, especially the breathable mesh panels, sweat-wicking fabric, and handy concealed phone pocket.

The high waisted fit is really flattering, and looked great with the matching Energy Sports Bra.

We found them perfect for low-impact sports like cycling and yoga and can confirm they’re squat-proof, but found they fell down slightly when taking part in high impact activities, like running.

This could be down to the size we chose though, as other reviewers have said things like “They don’t slip down even on my longer runs, which can sometimes be an issue with some leggings”.

The fabric is super soft and comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and the gym leggings are available in 6 different colours and patterns too.

Best waist detail: H&M Wrapover-waist Sports Tights

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These high waisted gym leggings have a wrapover waist
  • Wrapover-waist sports tights, for £17.99 on H&M – buy here

These high-waisted gym leggings from H&M combine style and comfort at under £20, and offer an alternative to the typical high-waisted designs you’ll find on the high street.

These fast-drying leggings made from recycled polyester and elastane are a winner – fans say they’re ‘comfortable’, ‘squat proof’ and ‘lovely quality’.

Best high-waisted gym leggings for tummy control:

IUGA Yoga Pants with Pockets

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These high-waisted gym leggings offer tummy control and support
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  • IUGA Yoga Pants with Pockets, Tummy Control, for £21.95 on Amazon – buy here

These high-waisted gym leggings for yoga, running and everything in between are made from moisture-wicking fabric.

They have a wide, high-rise waistband with hidden pockets and tummy control.

Allover compression contributes to everything feeling lifted yet comfortable.

‘This is it!!! A treasure!! Perfect in every way that you can think of. Thread is strong, stitches are solid, perfect length, super stretch, and fabric is exactly as they said it is’, writes a convert.

Best printed high-waisted gym leggings: NESSFIT High Waist Compression Leggings

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These printed leggings combine style with support
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  • NESSFIT® Women’s Fitness High Waist Leggings, from £18.99 on Amazon – buy here

With a double compression waistband, second skin fit and strategic leg panelling, these high-waisted gym leggings are designed to flatter the figure.

They come in a range of stylish prints so you don’t need to compromise in the fashion stakes, either.

Fans can’t stop raving, insisting they’re ‘the perfect workout leggings’, ‘the most comfortable gym leggings’ and ‘being high waisted they hold in the flab too’. High praise indeed.

Best tie dye high-waisted gym leggings: Lululemon Align HR Pant

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  • Align HR Pant 25″, £88 from Lululemon – buy here

If you want to embrace tie dye but don’t like loud leggings, then check out Lululemon’s Align HR Pants.

Cut from “buttery-soft”, breathable and sweat-wicking fabric, they are ideal for stretching and bending in all kinds of ways during your yoga practice.

They might be a bit pricey at £88, but we reckon they’ll enhance your loungewear wardrobe like no other.

Best logo print high-waisted gym leggings: Nike High Waisted Single Swoosh Leggings

Nike High Waisted Single Swoosh Leggings

  • Nike High Waisted Single Swoosh Leggings, £27 from JD Sports – buy here

Nike’s High Waisted Single Swoosh Leggings tick off streetwear and sportswear all in one.

Priced at just £27, they’re on the affordable end of Nike’s collection of exercise gear, and they’re unsurprisingly a best-seller on JD Sports.

Make the most of the supportive high-waist by teaming yours with one of your favourite crop tops or sports bras for your next workout.

Best high-waisted gym leggings for body contouring: Gymshark Flex High Waisted Leggings


  • Gymshark Flex High Waisted Leggings, £40 from GymShark – buy here

Promising to contour your figure, Gymshark’s Flex High Waisted Leggings prove just how flattering a high-rise fit can be.

Whether you’re squatting, running or deadlift-ing, you can rely on these sweat-wicking leggings to not budge at all whilst you train.

Oh, and they come in 11 different colour-ways – Dark Green Marl (seen above) is just a personal fave.

Best pastel pair: USA Pro High Rise Seamless Leggings

Best high-waisted gym leggings
USA Pro High Rise Seamless Leggings
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  • USA Pro High Rise Seamless Leggings, £16 from Sports Direct – buy here

Looking to bring some soft colour into your workout? You’ll love this pair by USA Pro.

In a dreamy pastel blue hue, these leggings also come in shades including pink, mint and lavendar to brighten up your workouts.

Aside from the cute colour options, the high rise design is sweat wicking, seamless and promises to be squat roof, with one shopper raving: “Wow. I usually go for expensive leggings but after reading the reviews thought I would try these out whilst on a deal. They are thick and I can confirm they are squat proof.”

Best high-waisted gym leggings for pregnancy: Adidas Cotton Maternity High Waisted Leggings

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Adidas Cotton Maternity High Waisted Leggings
  • Adidas Cotton Maternity High Waisted Leggings, £28 from Next – buy here

If you’re expecting and want to stay active throughout your pregnancy, a good pair of maternity leggings are a must for staying comfy.

This high-rise pair by adidas are crafted from soft and stretchy jersey fabric to sit over your growing bump, with the option to fold down the waistband when you require less coverage.

One happy reviewer writes: “Really nice leggings and fit well over bump.”

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