Quality sportswear is an absolute must-have, and that’s true whether you’re an avid gym-goer or just starting out on your fitness journey.
After all, the last thing you want are leggings that keep falling down, or a sports bra that’s just not doing its job! At best, that’ll distract you from your workout. At worst, it could be pretty dangerous.
In this guide, you’ll discover the ultimate sportswear for women, fit for a variety of different workout types — as well as the can’t-live-without accessories any women who loves to workout should use.
Ready to transform your gym wardrobe?
Sportswear essential #1: Leggings
Leggings (or tights) are a total gym staple, and an absolute key part to virtually any female sportswear outfit.
Whether going on 5k runs, lifting some heavy weights or simply doing a quick, at-home workout before heading to the office, having a decent pair of leggings is crucial for a number of reasons. For one, leggings are arguably the safest cardio outfit — there’s no baggy fabric to catch on gym equipment or get caught under your trainer. What’s more, the right legging design will not only enhance your body shape, but make you feel super confident, too!
A few of our favourite leggings include:
Hailed for their amazing quality and comfortable fit, we couldn’t create the ultimate sportswear for women guide without including Lululemon.
Super high-waisted and specifically tailored to flatter you in all the right places, their Wunder Under Super High-Rise Tight is a real all-rounder.
Even better: the slightly compressed design of these leggings ensures that they’re always kept in place (even during the most intense cardio!), and their soft yet opaque material is 100% squat proof — perfect for those booty gains!
If your main goal is to look as sculpted and smooth as possible when hitting the gym, these Sweaty Betty leggings are the perfect choice.
Super flattering and made with innovative cellulite-smoothing fabric, these leggings are sure to sculpt your physique in all the right places!\
Do you like to get sweaty in your workout?
Then these Gymshark leggings could be for you.
Combining sweat-wicking material with a cool camo print, moisture is either quickly evaporated or just subtly hidden by the surface design.
Sportswear essential #2: Sports bras
Us girls know how important a quality sports bra is. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable or unsupported during a workout.
So, whether you require as much compression as you can get, or simply want low-medium support for those slightly less intense workouts, these sports bras have you covered...
As the name suggests, this bra has been specifically designed for running, making it the perfect option for high-intensity activity. The supportive nature of this bra is simply outstanding, guaranteeing maximum support for a virtually bounce-free feeling.
Available in a wide range of sizes, and designed to stay in place even during the most intensive workouts, this bra is a real force to be reckoned with!
Super comfortable and stylish, this bra from New Balance features mesh panelling and great moisture-wicking material, designed to keep you feeling dry during your workouts.
Plus, the narrow straps of this bra make it a perfect pick for low impact activities such as cycling or hiking.
Sportswear essential #3: Training accessories
There’s much more to sportswear than clothing, and women everywhere will love these three training accessories…
Resistance bands will make a great addition to virtually any exercise regime, helping you achieve a full-body workout without needing any other equipment.
There’s a wide variety of great resistance bands on the market, but one of our top picks has to be the Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Band Set.
Complete with five individual bands all offering different grades of resistance, you can tailor the bands to suit your exact fitness level. And you’ll also receive a handy travel/storage bag, too — ideal for keeping all your bands together in one place!
Wireless, sweat-proof headphones
It’s been proven: music really does help you get more from your workout.
That’s why headphones are the ultimate accessory for any gym-goer! Better still, you can now buy wireless, sweat-proof headphones, for added comfort, safety and hygiene.
One of the best options out there are the Beats by Dre Powerbeats Wireless headphones, expertly designed to mould to your ear shape and stay in place no matter your workout intensity.
Lasting a full 12 hours from one single charge, these headphones are (almost) as much of a powerhouse as you!
Kink-free hair bobbles
Investing in really great hair bobbles is not a waste of money.
Of course, there are the obvious benefits: the last thing you need when working up a sweat is for your hair to be flying around and getting in the way.
But if you can trust a bobble to leave your hair smooth and sleek once you take it down, then you can easily hop from the gym to work or to meet friends, without having to style-out the post-workout look.
One of the best options comes from Invisibobble, who’ve created a unique style of hair tie specifically designed to avoid hair creases, annoying tangles or headaches! In particular, Invisibobble’s Power Hair Tie is a great sportswear choice — it holds hair in place with ultimate control, without pulling or tugging.
Feeling gym-ready yet?
By now, your shopping list should be looking pretty exciting!
Of course, this is just scratching the surface of all the amazing sportswear essentials there are for women who workout. So, if you think we’ve missed anything then let us know! Tag us in your best sportswear photo and tell us what’s powering your workout.
See ya there!