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How to find the best squat proof leggings to work out in!


Let’s be honest, we need better evidence of squat proof leggings doing their job! If there’s one thing we women are paranoid about when working out, it’s wearing see-through leggings (alongside body bits jumping around, crotch sweat and many other things)! We all desperately want to find squat proof leggings that aren’t just non-transparent when you first wear them, but after they’ve been through the wash a dozen times too.

As someone who would hopefully be classed as an expert at going to the gym and working out, I know what to look out for when it comes to finding leggings that do not go see through. I must have gone through hundreds of pairs of leggings over the years that have just not stood up to the rigours of an active gym routine.

I’ve tried and tested a variety of leggings recently so that I can give you the low down on some of the best pairs to buy that will protect your modesty.

Under Armour Hg Armour Printed Women’s Legging – £18.99, Amazon

While the Under Armour Hg Armour Printed Women’s Legging are designed for those who love spinning, cycling and running, these leggings are so versatile! I’ve worn them running, doing a RikaShake trampolining class and also at my regular bootcamp. The material is an absolute dream to touch, wicks away sweat, and I love the mesh detailing on the bottom of the legs. They’re also comfortably high-waisted which is ideal for various workouts – and they don’t slip.

Unlike the Gymshark Flex Leggings, the detailing on the bum is at the top rather than below. This design is to create the perfect hourglass shape. I’m fortunate enough to be this shape already, so it really flattered my curves, but will definitely create the illusion for those who want or need it.

They’re also the perfect colour and material to flatter and hide any cellulite you may have.

Size-wise, they come in XS, S/M, M and M/L. I’m a size 10 to 12 and have got a M/L pair of leggings. There’s a little extra room, but not enough that they’re falling down.

Non-transparency & squat proof score: 5 out of 5

I’ve done various workouts and asked my gal pals to keep an eye on my butt to see how they perform. Completely non-transparent leggings every time I’ve worn them, even after going in the wash a few times.

Women’s Best Define Scrunch Seamless Leggings – £39.99, Women’s Best

I’ve had so many adverts for Women’s Best over the past god-knows-how-many months and curiosity got the better of me. That, and my friend also started living in her Women’s Best leggings, so I figured they must be good.

Ladies, all I can say is you need to give this brand a try. These are hands down some of the comfiest leggings I’ve ever worn. And as for being squat proof; they’re super high-waisted and hold onto just enough to prevent any slips or falls and embarassing moments. Because of the type of material used, these don’t feel tight if you happen to be going for a snug pair or are finding yourself bloated one day.

I love seamless leggings, they help prevent the front wedgie we all know and hate. And what’s so cool about the Women’s Best Define Scrunch Seamless Leggings is that they flatter your buttocks. The scrunch isn’t quite as extreme as some of the leggings you may have seen on TikTok. You know the ones: where you wonder if she can taste the leggings that they’re far up her. These are spot on.

They also come in six different colours, mostly soft but if you’re after something a bit more eye-catching, you definitely want to order the Viva Magenta.

Non-transparency & squat proof score: 5 out of 5

AYBL Empower Seamless Leggings – £40.00, AYBL

AYBL are another brand, like Women’s Best, taking the fitness clothing industry by storm. I literally can’t step foot into my gym without seeing someone repping either brand. So I decided to give AYBL a try, and I can honestly say I was not disappointed.

I ordered the AYBL Empower Seamless Leggings. They’re contour leggings that are made from an ultra soft, weightless material. Once more, these leggings also have the refined scrunch bum detail and I particularly love the contour detailing on the leggings below the butt cheeks.

According to the website, these are mid-rise leggings, but I consider them high-waisted. They give me enough protection when I squat, aren’t see through and don’t require any adjusting throughout my one to two hour workouts.

These leggings are available 10 different colours – from your usual black right through to Forest Green Marl (pictured), Orange Marl, Spring Blue Marl and Purple Marl – and are available in sizes XS right through to XXL. My goal within the next few months is to have every colour. And the matching sports bras.

Non-transparency & squat proof score: 5 out of 5

Gymshark Sleek Sculpture Leggings 2.0, Dark Ruby – £38.00 Gymshark

One of the things I love most about Gymshark is that their leggings come in a range of colours and styles. I wanted to try out the latest range of leggings and purchased the Gymshark Sleek Sculpture Leggings 2.0 in Dark Ruby.

I’ve always been a fan of Gymshark, which you’ll know if you’ve read any of my reviews, and these leggings did not disappoint. They come in eight different shades, they’re again high-waisted (which for me is a must) and they have both mesh detailing and pockets. There’s not much else a girl could want in a pair of leggings.

I’ve worn them a few times and they’ve retained their shape, colour and firmness. They’re also incredibly flattering – I’m always worried that colourful leggings will highlight any cellulite on my butt, but these make it look nice and smooth.

The best thing about these leggings is, obviously, the pockets. I’m a huge fan of leggings with pockets and it’s fast becoming a ‘thing’ in the fitness world. You’ll be pleased to know that the leggings stay in place, even with a smartphone in your pocket, and you won’t have to keep pulling them up.

I’m always hearing that you should go up a size with Gymshark clothing, but I never find this to be the case. As a size 10, I always go for a Medium but don’t imagine I’d have any issues fitting into a Small – I just like a little wiggle room (especially for post-holiday training).

Non-transparency & squat proof score: 5 out of 5

I love these leggings. The material is thick, yet breathable enough that these are completely non-transparent leggings. I honestly can’t rave about them enough. For a more in-depth review of these leggings, check out my blog post ‘Gymshark Sleek Sculpture Leggings 2.0 – review‘.

Alternatively, one of the girls a little while ago did a review on the Gymshark Seamless Energy High Waisted Cropped Leggings which is also worth a read. They were only released a few months ago and, like these leggings, are non-transparent, comfy and come in a variety of colours.

Sam Walker
the authorSam Walker
Sam is a regular gym goer who loves a strong spin or step class. Her main fitness goal is to tone up and be a healthier / fitter version of herself.

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