Review: These classic Nike workout shorts are very popular for a reason. They are some of the most flattering and comfortable workout shorts out there.
They have a slightly relaxed fit, without looking baggy. They are light and airy and will keep you cool and dry as you exercise.
DriFit material keeps you cool and dry.
Inner drawstring for a secure fit.
Side scallop allows freedom of movement.
Some may find them a little short. They do tend to run a tad small.
Nike Tempo running shorts are some of Nikes best workout shorts for women, especially runners.
Rogue WOD Gear Clothing Wide Band Shorts
Review: These Rogue WOD shorts look good, fit snug and allow you to move. These shorts are particularly good for women who lift or do CrossFit because they allow you to bend at the hip without riding up or showing your undies through the fabric.
They do not get in the way of the barbell if your WOD calls for lifts, and they are comfy as all get out.
Small inner waistband pocket.
Wide waistband for comfort and security.
4 way stretch material moves with you.
Pretty short inseam of 2”.
Best women’s workout shorts for strength training, weight lifting and CrossFit.
Review: These Adidas women’s shorts are made from super soft and comfy jersey material and have a high waist with a short inseam. They have a drawstring to secure them so you can move and the shorts stay put.
These shorts have a slim fit and hug your curves, so if you like your shorts a little baggy, order up a size.
Soft jersey material.
Small side slit for mobility.
The most comfortable workout shorts you will find with lots of style.
Review: These Fly By Shorts from Under Armour are a lightweight pair of relaxed fit shorts that are so comfortable you will want another pair.
These casual workout shorts have two front pockets and a hidden back pocket to keep what you need at hand. They have mesh side panels and are made from sweat-wicking fabric that will keep you dry in the hottest or most humid environments.
Stay cool and dry thanks to mesh panels and ultralight moisture-wicking fabric.
Wide fabric-covered waistband keeps them in place.
They have a built in liner, which not everyone loves.
Best women’s workout shorts of 2019, great price, great fit, you can’t lose with these.
Review: These jersey cotton workout shorts from Puma excel in comfort. They have two front pockets made from mesh, so they breathe, and they also have an internal drawstring so you can adjust the waist to fit you and secure them so they stay in place worry free.
They are a casual go-anywhere style you can wear them to run errands and to the gym.
Review: If booty shorts are not your thing, consider The Gym People high waist shorts. They have a high waist that flattens your tummy, and a generous 5 inch inseam that is a bit longer than booty shorts.
They will not peek through as you bend and offer all the mobility those shorter shorts do, with more coverage.
5 inch inseam.
Two front pockets large enough for smartphones.
High, flattering waistband.
Runs small in the waist.
Attractive high-waist shorts with pockets, the perfect booty shorts alternative.
Review: These top-rated women’s workout shorts by Under Armour are sure to become your new favorites. They have a relaxed fit that will not ride up your leg, the side mesh panel keeps you cool, and the cut really allows you to move, including doing deep squats.
Also, I love that these shorts are NOT lined. Bonus in my book.
Two small front pockets for keys (but not phone).
Relaxed fit, good for thicker thighs and bums.
Pockets are a tad small.
Best women’s gym shorts for ladies who want a relaxed fit and a few pockets.
Rogue Women's Runner Shorts
Review: These Rogue women’s shorts are snug at the waist and upper back, but more relaxed in the thigh, to prevent riding.
They are great for running, climbing, squatting and lifting because they allow complete movement of your legs.
4 inch inseam – short, but not too short.
Wide waistband helps shorts stay put.
Built in liner runs small.
Great workout shorts for all sports, from the gym, to the trail, to the beach and back, they do it all.
Review: These ultra-lightweight Adidas workout shorts feature a scalloped mesh side panel which keeps you cool while allowing you to move. They have a nice wide waistband and internal drawstring so they won’t slide or shift.
My favorite thing about these shorts is the reflective detail that goes all around the shorts helping others see you at night. These are great if you exercise outside.
Choose either a 3 inch or 4 inch inseam.
Reflective detail all around.
These have a liner.
Best women’s workout shorts for hot weather and outdoor workouts.
Breathable, sweat-wicking fabrics are a necessity when it comes to workout shorts. Shorts that stay wet, get heavy and stick to you can really weigh you down during a workout and cause you to lose steam.
Who needs that?!?
Look for fabric that is lightweight, breathes well, and is made with moisture-wicking technology. Bonus points for finding shorts with strategically placed mesh panels that help keep the air flowing.
Compression for Performance and Recovery
A few shorts on this list have compression, which has been said to help performance and recovery.
Comfort fabrics are those fabrics you can wear all day, they go from home to the gym and more. They are casual, all-day wear shorts that fit in at the gym. These shorts are sometimes made with soft cotton jersey or sweatshirt material that has a little stretch.
I like pockets. I need pockets. When you need to run out to pick up the mail or grab a quick snack from the corner store, you need a place to put your cash.
Even if your gym has lockers, you may want your phone and valuables with you.
Especially if you go out running, you need to take your keys with you. Who wants to run with keys in their hand, awkwardly clutching their phone? Not me!
Many of the best women’s workout shorts in this list have pockets, but I particularly like the 90 Degree by Reflex shorts because they have good coverage and a small pocket to hold my stuff.
That wraps up this collection of best women’s workout shorts. If you are looking for more workout gear, I also have a list of the best workout leggings for women. Check them out!
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Katie is a busy wife and mother of four. She is a freelance writer and frequent contributor on Garage Gym Power. She guards her gym time jealously, and would rather miss a PTA meeting or get takeout for dinner than miss a workout.
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