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As an avid gym-goer, personal trainer and yoga teacher, I spend 99 percent of my days in activewear. Leggings, crop tops, sports bras, hoodies — if it’s stretchy, elastic, and sweat-wicking, I’m in (literally). Given that the weight room and yoga studio are my second homes, I consider myself an expert on workout clothes and spent hundreds on new gear last year.
Some of my best activewear purchases have come from the brands I’ve seen all over Instagram. If you follow any celeb trainers or “fitspo” feeds, you probably know the ones I’m talking about, including Gymshark, Vuori and lululemon. But which ones are actually worth buying? Below are 12 of the most popular Instagram-famous activewear brands of 2022 that people — myself included — own and swear by.
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Are you even a fitness influencer if you don’t own a pair of Gymshark leggings and a matching crop top? I own a pair of the brand’s iconic leggings and can attest to their quality and breathability. Many shoppers are also fans of Gymshark’s new seamless line (which contains shorts, leggings and sports bras) along with the men’s collection — all of which feature the recognizable shark logo.
If you’ve never worn a pair of lululemon Align leggings, you’re missing out. They feel like a second skin — they’re that lightweight and buttery — and can be worn for anything from yoga to weightlifting. Our experts dubbed them one of the best workout leggings of the year and celebs like Meghan Markle, Selena Gomez and Kerry Washington love them. lululemon has tons of other activewear options, too, for both men and women, including joggers, tank tops and sports bras.
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What makes Vuori different from other activewear brands? Not only is its design inspired by the effortless street style of its home base in Southern California, but the growing brand also focuses as much on performance as it does on looks and each piece is designed to be as functional as it is fashionable. Shoppers especially love the men’s athletic shorts, saying they’re breathable, comfortable and sweat-wicking, and the super soft women’s performance joggers.
4. Hello Yoga
Over the last few years, Alo Yoga has been one of the fastest-growing activewear brands. While reviewers recommend Alo’s breezy tank tops, pretty sports bras and cozy crewneck pullovers, the leggings are a favorite among celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. I personally love the best-selling Airlift leggings for all of my workouts (yoga, weightlifting, etc.) because they’re comfortable and completely squat-proof.
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5. Buff Bunny
There’s more than one reason why Buff Bunny has nearly 800,000 fans on Instagram. The activewear brand not only offers inclusive sizing from XS to XXXL and an assortment of stunning sports bras, leggings, joggers and more, but it’s also praised for its high performance. Reviewers gush that you can wear your pieces time and time again during even the most intense of workouts without worrying about ripping or pilling. For the most stylish gym-goers, Buff Bunny is a great option with unique items like one-shoulder bras and velor bike shorts.
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Whether you wear a size XXS or a 3XL, you’ll find a range of gorgeous athletic wear at Athleta. Customers’ favorites include the leggings, which come in a variety of styles, colors and prints, and the sporty swimwear that’s a must for active beach days. Athleta also offers a wide selection of sports bras for every occasion, from super supportive running bras for larger chests to breezy bralettes.
7. Outdoor Voices
Outdoor Voices has risen to social media fame over the last year, with its minimalist two-toned leggings, tanks and bras in chic neutrals. Our Reviewed editors are big fans of the brand’s popular Tech Sweat leggings, raving that they’re lightweight and breathable and offer full coverage. Other best-selling picks include the trendy Exercise Dress that keeps selling out and the classic tees and hoodies for men.
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Ryderwear has been popping up all over my Instagram feed for the last few months — and I’m not complaining about it. The Australian brand has a wide variety of stylish activewear, like sports bras with trendy cut-outs and detailing and cropped hoodies that people say look as good as they feel. There’s also a vast men’s section to shop as well, which includes shorts, tanks and more.
Meet the chic activewear brand that influencers and celebrities alike love. Bandier is most well-known for its popular All-Access leggings, which are buttery soft and strike the perfect balance of stretchy and compressive. The high-end retailer also has bike shorts, matching sweatpants / sweatshirt sets, and the Bala Bangles ankle weights you’ve likely been seeing everywhere.
10. Balance Athletica
If you’re looking for a size-inclusive, high-quality activewear brand, look no further than Balance Athletica. Founded by one of my favorite fitness influencer couples, Balance has both men’s and women’s clothing that comes in a range of colors and patterns, from neutrals to bold tie-dye. I have a few of the brand’s leggings and cropped sweatshirts and love that the leggings fit like a second skin and are totally opaque (so I don’t have to worry about any embarrassing gym mishaps!).
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Leopard print, snake skin, shimmery metallics — you’ll find all of those and more at Onzie. The popular yoga brand offers everything from leggings to crop tops (and even face masks!) In playful prints and pretty colors. I own a few pairs of their leggings and sports bras and like how soft yet supportive the material is. Psst: Even celebs like Mindy Kaling and Lady Gaga wear the brand, too.
What do Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Hailey Bieber all have in common? They all own and wear Koral leggings. The activewear brand is famous for its Infinity leggings, in particular, which have a slight shimmer to them. Fans of Koral like that the leggings are very comfortable and easy to move in, but are also versatile enough for you to dress them up and wear them outside of the gym, too.
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