Workout Pants: 5 Options Under $40

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That burst of motivation that hits you every January is just a few short weeks away! How do you make the most of your January resolve when it hits? By stocking up now on your fitness gear. Read on for five workout pants, priced under $40, that’ll have you looking forward to hitting the gym.

Budget Workout Pants, Shorts & Capris

1. Compression Shorts

Nike Pro 3 ” Compression Shorts, $21, Macy’s

These compression shorts are lightweight and suitable for running, weight lifting or walking. Because they are form-fitting, they are also perfect for layering, as your leggings or sweatpants will fit over them comfortably. With this style, you can size up to pull the waistband over your stomach for added support. Added bonus: the moisture-wicking material will keep you dry while you sweat.

2. Yoga Pants

Every girl needs a pair of yoga pants at the ready. Besides the obvious (they’re ideal for yoga), these pants are lightweight, breathable, and form flattering. In the colder months, you can tuck these pants into boots and head out to run errands and hit up the gym on your way home. Or, wear these comfy cotton pants to bed as stylish PJs. Heck, wear these around the house to stay warm — they’re a more flattering alternative to bulky sweat pants.

3. Padded Cycle Pants

Aero Tech Women’s Padded Cycle Pants, $39.95, AeroTech Designs

Whether you’re a biker or a spin class junkie, cycle pants are a must! Don’t let an aching backside keep you off your workout. These fun pants come down past the knees to minimize the chafing you might feel with a shorter pant. They’re also absorbent and wrinkle-free. The spandex capri style comes in three super-energetic patterns.

4. Workout Skirt

Nike Pure Skirt, $29.99,

Workout skirts are most often worn in tennis and field hockey, but they’re becoming more popular with runners and even triathletes. This Nike piece is fashionable, breathable and lightweight. The built-in shorts keep you from worrying about too much exposure (on a bike, for example) so you can move quickly and confidently. Choose your favorite of five color options: green, red, navy blue, light blue and yellow.

5. Warm-up Pants

Nike Team Overtime Pants, $39.99,

These Nike pants are ideal for cold days walking into the gym, or for warming up before an outside workout. Since these pants are 100% polyester, your lower half will be warm and comfortable. The pants feature an elastic waistband, pockets, and a side zipper at the bottom of the pants — handy when you need to pull the pants off over your shoes. You will also have nine colors options.

What are your favorite workout bottoms? Let us know below!




Martha-Raye is a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Environmental Studies. She loves fashion and music, especially eco-fashion. In her spare time, she sews, works out, and snuggles up with Netflix.

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