Whether you're mid-run, mid-squat or mid-nap, one of the most uncomfortable things that can commonly happen is the dreaded wedgie or — god forbid — camel toe. But if you're wearing the wrong leggings or shorts, you can probably expect some unwanted shifting in your personal space.
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No matter your workout modality or underwear preference (or lack thereof), these seven workout bottoms will keep you running, jumping and squatting wedgie-free from front to back.
And I should know! Countless burpees and deadlifts later, I assure these bottoms will stay in place — and out of your tush— through your workout and beyond.
1. The Best Shorts for Running
No one enjoys pausing halfway through a sprint to readjust their shorts. But when you run, inevitably, your legs will brush against one another or the fabric of your bottoms. So, opting for a pair of looser running shorts can be a wise choice.
These Nike shorts are made with a lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric that will move with your run (not against it). Their 5-inch length will keep you covered, while the adjustable waist band helps the bottoms stay in place — no show-stopping shifting. Plus, they have built-in underwear, further ensuring your, ahem, assets stay covered.
Buy it: Nike.com; Price: $40
2. The Best Pants for Walking
Whether you're walking around the park or to a local cafe, a comfortable, lightweight pair of bottoms is a must. Enter, the Brooklyn Ankle Pant.
This work-from-home pant/exercise bottom hybrid can take you from your desk to your evening walk with no changing in between. Available in a wide array of colors, the loose (yet slimming) fit of these pants will keep you wedgie-free all day long.
Buy it: Athleta.com; Price: $89
3. The Best Tights for Strength Training
As you move through your lateral lunges, deadlifts or biceps curls, Reebok's PureMove tights certainly won't disappoint or shift out of place. They're full-length, high-rise and designed with a form-fitting, compressive elastane.
Unlike your average pair of training tights, these are built with Reebok's Motion Sense technology, which will firm up or tighten during your high-impact movements and relax during low-impact exercises, which means you'll be able to lift with no distractions (from your clothing, at least).
Buy it: Reebok.com; Price: $95
4. The Best Leggings for CrossFit
When it comes to CrossFit training, the fit of your bottoms is the key to a distraction-free workout, according to Carolina Araujo, certified personal trainer. You want as little movement as possible, and considering these NOBULL leggings fit like a second skin, they definitely fit the bill (and your butt).
These tights are high-rise and made with a nylon and lycra fabric that offers high-stretch performance. The design is simple and no-nonsense, which means you'll be able to keep 100 percent of your focus on the workout, not your apparel.
Buy it: NOBULL.com; Price: $92
5. The Best Leggings for Yoga
Fans of lululemon will be pleasantly surprised by the 90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Power Flex Leggings. These full-length tights are high-waisted and constructed with an extra-wide waistband, which means they'll stay put as you flow from Upward Dog to Downward Dog.
These leggings are an Amazon favorite with more than 7,000 five-star reviews. Given the quality of the fabric, fit and price point, it's no surprise these are often compared to pricier competitors.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $27.99
6. The Best Shorts for Indoor Cycling
For an indoor cycling class or a ride around your city, bike shorts are a great way to go. "Look for something that's compressive but not restrictive," Araujo says. For example, Free People's High-Rise Biker Baby Shorts offer support but with a soft, comfortable fabric.
For cyclists who like to hit the trails for long periods of time for their cross-training workouts, you may want to consider a more padded option. BALEAF's cycling shorts offer a gel pad on the bottom, paired with front panel seams to help keep them in place. Plus, they have more than 1,200 five-star reviews on Amazon!
7. The Best Leggings for HIIT Workouts
As you shift between burpees, jump squats and push-ups, you want a pair of bottoms that feels secure and supportive, which is why Eleven by Venus Williams' Smooth Legging is a perfect fit all around.
"I think a lot of people are concerned with [leggings] riding up, but as you're going through your circuit training, you don't want to keep pulling your pants up either," Araujo says. So a snug waistband is absolutely necessary during HIIT workouts.
With their wide, high-rise waistband, you won't have to worry about these leggings slipping down mid-interval. These tights are also seamless, which means you won't have to worry about chafing while you train.
Buy it: Eleven by Venus Williams; Price: $69