Test Drive: Favorite Workout Pants

The essential black workout pants: Four editor picks.

Test Drive: Favorite Workout Pants

Best All-Around:

Lululemon Groove Pant, $98

No detail has been overlooked, from the waistband that dips in front to the flat seams that don’t chafe to the signature fabric, which feels soft while providing great shape. They’re not cheap, but you won’t wonder why. In-store alterations are free. Be sure to follow washing instructions.

Lululemon Athletica, Shops at West End, 763-545-9069; Mall of America, 952-854-6785; 870 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-3123,


Virtual Tummy Tuck:

Omgirl Capri, $74

They fit like a glove. The ruched fold-over top camouflages any belly bulge, which won’t be an issue for long—you’ll want to extend your workout just for an excuse to keep these pants on.

Maha Boutique, 631 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-873-7001,


Best Compression:

Lucy Perfect Core Pant, $98

This compression fabric is sure to eliminate the jiggle. These pants are available in regular, short, and long inseam.

Lucy Activewear, Galleria, 952-922-8590; Rosedale Center, 651-636-5656,


Best Value:

GapFit gDance Pants, $54.95

If you can put up with the slight plastic-y smell of the fabric, these low-rise pants are designed to flatter and built to retain their shape—at a more reasonable price than many competitors.

Gap, eleven metro locations including Ridgedale Center, 952-591-9819,