The 6 best workout suits of 2022 and what to look for
With the workout suit, getting ready for your gym session, yoga class or post-workout brunch has never been easier. And given that these stretchy onesies are both comfy and cute, it’s no shock they’re all the rage. (Yes, the ’80s workout wear trend is back in full force.)
But workout bodysuits aren’t just a fashion item. They’re also functional, eliminating many of the issues you might encounter with traditional workout equipment. Think about it: your stockings don’t budge and your top stays perfectly in place at mid-height.
Browse through some of our favorite and expert approved products and learn how to find the best workout suit for you.
With the help of Mélissa Garcia, DPT, CSCS, a California-based physiotherapist and bodybuilding coach who is a huge fan of workout suits, we’ve hand-picked each of these products. We have chosen them based on criteria including:
- Fit and support
1. Ideal for Pilates: Girlfriend Collective Cami Unitard
This Girlfriend Collective unitard is best for low-impact exercises like Pilates, according to Garcia. The buttery fabric is smooth and comfortable, and the seamless design helps prevent unwanted chafing and irritation on your skin.
This one is also available in two different inside leg lengths (28.5 “and 23.75”), so taller and shorter users can find their perfect fit.
2. Ideal for running: the Athleta Legend bodysuit
This compressive body is perfect for running. According to Garcia, the high neck sports bra top offers a lot of support, while the cropped bottom provides ventilation and helps prevent irritation.
The zipper at the back also makes it easy to put on and take off, even during your most intense workouts. The polyester and Lycra fabric dries quickly and the open back provides a little extra air without compromising on compression.
3. Ideal for yoga: Nike Yoga Luxe Dri-FIT
Nike’s suit is best suited for a yoga class, according to Garcia. The top has a built-in bra for extra support and the tailored fit allows for distraction-free flow without feeling overly restricted.
This matte yoga bodysuit is also made with Nike’s Dri-FIT fabric, which wicks sweat away from your body and dries quickly. And the costume is made with shiny satin stitching for a nice bonus.
Buy it: Nike.com; Price:$ 110
4. Ideal for strength training: Gymshark Adapt Animal Seamless All in One
With the racerback top and cropped bottom, this combination is optimal for weightlifting, Garcia says. The seamless design helps prevent unwanted chafing and the contoured fit means a distraction-free gym session.
This one also has a built-in bra shelf with removable cups, so you can adjust it according to the level of support you prefer. And the nylon / polyester blend fabric dries quickly to keep your body sweat-free as you work out.
5. Ideal for cooler weather: The Good Karma long sleeve onesie
Unlike most workout suits, this one has long sleeves, making it ideal for outdoor hikes, jogging, or yoga sessions. The legs are shortened to a 7/8 length for breathability and the back is open for additional ventilation.
While the long sleeves are a great touch, the best part about this workout suit is definitely the compression waistband, Garcia says. It holds you back without feeling too tight and confined.
6. Ideal for layering: New Balance x Bandier Bodysuit
Stopping at your bikini line, this bodysuit is perfect to layer with your favorite sports shorts or sweatpants. But that does mean it’s super versatile too! You can slip it on for a workout and just change into your socks on the way to a post-workout lunch.
Another bonus: the high collar gives your bust a lot of support and the back zipper makes it easy to put on and take off.
4 factors to consider when buying your perfect workout bodysuit
Like the training leggings, the jumpsuits are available in all lengths, including full leggings, 7/8 fit and short biker lengths. The best length for you is your personal preference, but thinking about your preferred workout style can help, Garcia says.
Those who plan to use their workout suits for yoga or Pilates may prefer a full-length or 7/8 cut. But if you stick primarily to running or strength training, a shorter length can provide the ventilation you need while you sweat.
The only downside to the training suits is that the proportions of each are different, while the suits have longer and shorter lengths.
But suits with adjustable straps (like our Girlfriend Collective selection above) can help you achieve the perfect fit for your body. It’s especially nice for people who have very long or short torsos, according to Garcia.
As with all of your other workout clothes, you want comfortable, breathable fabric, Garcia says. Read product details and look for a quick-drying or sweat-wicking fabric like nylon, lycra, and polyester. These will keep your body cool and dry.
Avoid cotton during sweaty workouts, as this material absorbs moisture and takes a long time to dry.
Considering that a workout bodysuit covers you from (almost) head to toe, consider how much ventilation you might need during your workout. Many have an open back or mesh panels to allow for a bit more breathability. Depending on how much sweat you may have during your workouts, these are some good details to consider.