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Lululemon Align Jogger 28”
Athleta Farallon Jogger
Vuori Performance Jogger as part of the 15 best sweatpants
Fourlaps Flex Jogger
Under Armour Qualifier Speedpocket Pant
Boxraw Johnson Bottoms
Alo Yoga Urban Moto Sweatpant
Nike Flex Training Pants
Rhone Spar Jogger
Ten Thousand Interval Pant
Reebok DreamBlend Cotton Knit Pants
Eddie Bauer Treign Jogger Pants
Outdoor Voices Track Pant
Beyond Yoga Spacedye Jogger
ALALA Fast Track Pant
The best sweatpants for exercise should feel light, easy to move in and not trap swear.

Sweats are the new jeans. But that doesn't necessarily mean that any pair you buy for lounging can double as workout sweatpants or joggers.


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Depending on the sweatpants' features, fabric and fit, they can either make for a great workout companion or just trap sweat, weigh you down and ride up around your waist.

Here, training share the best sweatpants and joggers that aren't just comfy and attractive — they perform in the gym, on the running trail or wherever else your workouts take you.


Most companies make and market sweatpants according to gender, so we have listed both women's and men's picks below. The main difference is the fit: Men's versions tend to be longer in length and roomier in the front due to physical differences. However, fabrics and comfort should be the same between gender-labeled pairs.

1. Lululemon Align Jogger 28”

  • Sizes: ​0-14
  • Gender:​ women
  • Feature: ​thick waistband

We love the wide waistband on these athletic sweatpants. It sits high and hugs tight, so you never need to even think about adjusting it mid-workout. It just stays put.


"I love anything Align," says Or Artzi, CPT, an Equinox + founding trainer. "The fabric is so soft and thin that you can move freely as if you have nothing on your body! The sweats come in different lengths, too, have a great cut and stitches that make your body look fit and fabulous. They come in so many beautiful colors."


Plus, these sweat-wicking, breathable pants don't get stretched out in the laundry, no matter how many times you wear or wash them. The trademarked Nulu fabric is buttery soft and feels so comfy.

Buy; ​Price: ​$98

2. Athleta Farallon Jogger

  • Sizes:​ 0-26
  • Gender:​ women
  • Feature: ​lots of pockets

Originally designed for travel, these joggers moonlight as one of the best workout sweatpants you can wear. They're made out of a lightweight fabric that's breathable even when things heat up, and come with a sun-protection rating of UPF 50.

"I like joggers that are made out of lightweight, sweat-wicking fabrics and have an unrestricted feel," says Meghan Hayden, CPT, a certified personal trainer and director of training at Ghost in Brooklyn, New York.

We love all the pockets, too, and these pants have four! Check them out in inclusive size options ranging from 0 to 26.

Buy; ​Price: ​$98

3. Vuori Performance Jogger

The best sweatpants for exercise should feel light, easy to move in and not trap swear.
  • Sizes: ​XS-XL
  • Gender:​ men and women
  • Feature:​ buttery soft fabric

You'll feel secure with these joggers' high-rise, ribbed, thick waistband, says Haden, who especially loves the addition of a drawstring to these pants.

The pants are made from breathable fabric, and we found them to be extremely comfy and dry quickly post-sweat session. Sizes range form extra small to extra large.

Buy (men's); (women's); ​Price: ​$84

4. Fourlaps Flex Jogger

  • Sizes:​ small-XXL
  • Gender: ​men
  • Feature: ​tapered leg

You can feel good wearing these pants when you work out, not only because they perform well, but also because they're made from recycled nylon material with four-way stretch. The tapered bottoms keep the pants from getting in the way and distracting you while you're lifting, stretching or sprinting.

"These aren't just functional and able to hold up during my workouts, but they are stylish enough for you to rock them to a meeting or to grab a bite to eat with friends without feeling underdressed," says Kelvin Gary, CPT, owner of Body Space Fitness in New York City.

They're available in sizes small to extra extra large.

Buy; ​Price:​ $98

5. Under Armour Qualifier Speedpocket Pant

  • Sizes:​ S-3XL (men's); XS-XL (women's)
  • Gender:​ men and women
  • Feature:​ large pocket for phone in waistband

If you're one to carry your phone along to the gym or on a run, you'll love the pocket in the front of the thick waistband, large enough to hold even oversized phones, and it keeps it secure — no bouncing around with every stride you take.

"I love a high-waisted pair of joggers, with a thick waistband," says Kristen McParland, CPT, a certified personal trainer based in Somerville, New Jersey. "Nobody wants to worry about their leggings falling down during a workout!"

Pull the drawstring for added security. You'll love how easy it is to move in the four-way stretch material and how quickly it dries. We found the fabric to be really comfortable, too.

Buy (men's); (women's); ​Price:​ $100

6. Nike Flex Training Pants

  • Sizes:​ S-4XL
  • Gender:​ men
  • Feature:​ four-way stretch fabric

Consider these the best Nike sweatpants for men. Elastic tapered hems on these pants keep them from getting in your way, whether you're on a treadmill or lifting a barbell. They're made out of an extremely flexible fabric that flows with your body and doesn't restrict movement. Choose to fold over the elastic waistband, or just tie the drawstring and leave the waistband high.

"These look nice on and hold up under the pressure of a workout," says Gary. "While they're not slim fit, they don't feel too baggy, and you don't ever feel like you're overheating either."

Buy; ​Price:​ $75

7. Boxraw Johnson Bottoms

  • Sizes: ​XS-XL
  • Gender: ​women
  • Feature: ​thick elastic waistband with drawstring

A thick, ribbed waistband ensures these sweats stay up and on, no matter what you're doing. They're sized from extra small to extra large, and have two front zippered pockets so you can securely store personals. The bottoms are cuffed, too, so nothing is too baggy or in the way.

"The thick cotton fleece fabric keeps my legs warm while riding my bike around town all year round," says Hayden. "The tight, high-waisted waistband gives my body shape and looks great with any sneakers. And the loose fit around the leg allows me to wear my favorite workout shorts or leggings underneath them without bunching."

Check them out in sizes extra small to extra large.

Buy; ​Price:​ $60

8. Alo Yoga Urban Moto Sweatpant

  • Sizes:​ XXS-L
  • Gender:​ women
  • Feature:​ micro waffle print

Looking for a pair of workout sweatpants that can easily transition from studio to street? Look no further! These relaxed-fit four-way stretch joggers have a micro waffle print for style and front pockets for function (which we love!).

"They are a beautiful mix of sweatpants and joggers with a thicker fabric than your typical legging, yet they're still a slim, attractive fit," says Hayden. "They're perfect for getting after a strength workout."

Buy; ​Price: ​$128

9. Rhone Spar Jogger

  • Sizes:​ S-XXL
  • Gender:​ men
  • Feature:​ durable, moisture-wicking fabric

Throw on these sweat-wicking joggers before you hit the weight room or pound the pavement, but be warned that the soft poly-nylon-spandex blend fabric may keep you from wanting to take them off after.

"They are lightweight and fitted, and they dry quickly even after a pretty sweaty workout," says Noam Tamir, CSCS, certified strength and conditioning specialist and owner of TS Fitness in New York City. "They have a zippered back pocket, too, so if you have things that are small and light you can store them and not worry about losing them."

Choose from black, navy, graphite heather or black heather in sizes small to extra extra large.

Buy; ​Price: ​$128

10. Ten Thousand Interval Pant

  • Sizes:​ S-XL
  • Gender:​ men
  • Feature: ​breathable, anti-odor fabric

Owned and operated by athletes, this brand is very tuned into what's needed for workout sweatpants to perform at a high level, explains Trevor Franklin, CPT, a coach at For All Movement in New York City.

"They're one of the best sweatpants I have tried in a while," says certified functional strength coach Anthony Crouchelli, CFSC, a master trainer at Grit Boxing in New York City and Ten Thousand ambassador. "They're sweat-wicking and breathable, thanks to built-in panels, and have a perfect tailored cut that works to wear both during your workouts or during your daily routine."

Buy​ ​; ​Price:​ $98

11. Reebok DreamBlend Cotton Knit Pants

  • Sizes: ​XXS-XL
  • Gender: ​women
  • Feature:​ soft fabric with side pockets

Is comfort your biggest priority? Consider purchasing this pair of sweats. Their DreamBlend fabric combines cotton, recycled polyester and elastane for a super-soft feel.

"These are perfect to wear on top of my workout pants for extra warmth in the winter or if I want to take a break from leggings," says Hayden.

Choose from sizes extra extra small to extra large. A drawstring lets you customize the fit.

Buy;​ Price: ​$60

12. Eddie Bauer Treign Jogger Pants

Sizes:​ XS-2XL​Gender: ​women​Feature: ​heathered, breathable fabric

Throw on this pair of joggers to change it up from leggings or shorts. They're built for active comfort, with über stretchy fabric for complete mobility, along with moisture-wicking properties. We love the heathered design, and where they fall on the ankle gives a flattering look. They come in sizes extra small to extra extra large.

They have two pockets, too. "Most joggers I go for have pockets, which make them super versatile," McParland says. "I can wear them for a workout, a dog walk or a hike, and I don't necessarily need a backpack, purse or fanny pack."

Buy; ​Price: ​$54

13. Outdoor Voices Track Pant

  • Sizes: ​XS-XL
  • Gender:​ women
  • Feature: ​stretch paneling

These pants combine a high-rise waist, roomy thighs and tapered lower leg. They pack two open front pockets along with a zippered back pocket that can fit your phone. They're extremely breathable, and you'll love the moisture-wicking paneling on the calves (which also hide sweat).

"Outdoor Voices' joggers are extremely comfy," says Eric Rakofsky, CPT, a certified personal trainer in New York City. "You can easily move in them, which makes them great for workouts, plus they show off the legs well for leg day. And they're even appropriate for a casual dinner, which makes it easy to go right from the gym."

Buy; ​Price: ​$88

14. Beyond Yoga Spacedye Jogger

  • Sizes: ​XS-XL
  • Gender:​ women
  • Feature:​ tapered fit

We can't get enough of these pants' extremely wide waistband. It sits flat against your mid-section and doesn't move or budge at all. The pants aren't skin tight by any means, but they do have a tapered look that's flattering on all. And the feel of the fabric is so incredibly soft, they may be come your favorite pair of sweats in no time!

"If I plan on wearing joggers for my workout, I go for lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric and an unrestricted feel like these," says Hayden.

Buy; ​Price:​ $110

15. ALALA Fast Track Pant

  • Sizes: XS-XL
  • Gender: women
  • Feature: mesh trim

You'll love how breathable this pair of pants are, thanks to the mesh panels that run down either side of each leg. They have a more relaxed fit, with a thick waistband and drawstring for a secure fit.

"These joggers are perfect on days I want to feel free," says Hayden. "No pressure, no tightness around my belly or legs, just free-flowing movement. They come in handy on days I feel bloated, have a tummy-ache or want to feel cozy, yet still look professional."

Check them out in sizes extra small to extra large.

Buy;​ Price:​ $145

What to Consider Before Buying Sweatpants and Joggers

1. Fit

Consider what you're going to be doing in your sweatpants. Yes, you can wear most pairs lounging around the house, but heavy, cotton sweats aren't going to perform well in the gym.

"The big thing I stay away from is a 'baggy' or 'loose' fit," Couchelli says. "For me, this type of cut has always made it difficult in the gym, with the pants getting caught on equipment. It's a constant struggle to keep them from sliding down on lower-body days."

That said, some people prefer a baggier fit, but it's still important that the pants have a secure waistband and tapered cuffs, so the pants don't fall down or get in the way, Hayden says.

2. Fabric

The fabric of your joggers matters more than you may realize.

Are you looking for a pair of pants to help you get a little extra sweat in on cardio days? Then you may want to go for a baggier, thicker pant option. Hayden recommends thick cotton or fleece fabrics to stay warm. High waists tend to work well.

Or maybe you want to wear your joggers during high-intensity interval training workouts. Your concern: don't overheat or get too sweaty.

"I look for a lightweight, breathable material," says Franklin. "I want my sweats to also have four-way stretch so that I can move in all planes of motion. And when it comes to the waistband, I prefer a mesh fabric, so that it's not too tight, but sits nicely on my hips and doesn't move."

3. Added Features

Once you've decided on fit and fabric, it's time to think about what other features you want in your jogger sweatpants. Think about how you'll be using them. It'll help you decide what features make the most sense for you.

"I look for pockets that zip," says Alonzo Wilson, founder and director of training at Tone House in New York City. If you run commute to work or are frequently getting in and out of cars, secure pockets are important.

Do you want a thick or thin waistband? A high, low or customizable waist? "I like joggers with a tie waistband, so I can adjust throughout the workout," says Hayden.

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