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In case you haven’t noticed, yoga pants are here to stay—and the athleisure trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. From your favorite class on MINDBODY.io to city sidewalks, yoga pants have become a wardrobe staple, warranting some serious street cred. With thousands of brands selling your go-to pants and a million different ways to style them, your budget can go bust–especially when you find your favorite pattern, and fit.
Before you blow all your cash on that next yoga pant purchase, we did some dressing room digging and found six brands that speak to our different style senses (and support our budgets). Get ready for some shopping and Savasana!
Alo Yoga ⅞ High-Waist Airbrush Legging, $78.00
Los Angeles-based Alo Yoga knows that fitness gear is more than just what you wear to class—it’s a fashion-forward lifestyle. You can find celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid rocking these cult-favorite leggings on the regular. Simple, smooth and sleek, this classic comfort piece is a bestseller.
JoyLab™ Women's Premium Moto Leggings, $39.99
When Target finally released a fitness-meets-fashion-meets-function athleisure brand, we all jumped for literal joy. JoyLab™ offers a wide range of affordable styles, sizes and, prints, all at a price point that keeps our wallets and closets happy. With details that flatter any figure, these leggings are meant to be worn, day or night.
Old Navy High-Rise Plus-Size Compression Leggings, $37.00
There’s nothing old about Old Navy. Serving up some of the best workout gear at a cost you can’t resist, these classic pants hug curves in all the right places. Featuring a wide range of sizes and styles, it’s your one-stop shop for the entire family’s fitness gear.
Lululemon Wunder Under Hi-Rise Tight Nulux 28", $128.00
Lululemon has been dominating the athleisure scene, but for good reason. You can’t go wrong when it comes to a good fit! While their prices can get a bit steep, it’s all about long-lasting comfort and quality, making these leggings your go-to investment piece. If you’re looking for that perfect pair of everyday pants, here’s your *tada* moment.
Beyond Yoga Women's Essential Long Leggings, $84.00
Searching for the best black leggings ever? Beyond Yoga has you covered! Blending luxe athleisure with a positive body mantra, Beyond Yoga creates clothing that makes you look good, feel good, and is suitable for our planet (oh, and you can order this brand on Amazon Prime *swoon*). Offering a wide range of sizes, these leggings will make you feel like a million bucks.
Free People Yella Harem Jogger, $88.00
Who said yoga pants had to be tight? Free People’s Harlem Joggers are perfect for the adventurous “it” girl who loves colorful, stylish comfort. Featuring a relaxed drawstring fit, this pant’s silky soft fabric feels like a dream. Talk about some serious summer lounging!
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.