What Are Compression Leggings & How Should They Fit?

Compression leggings are some of the most comfortable and versatile athletic pants available, totally changing the game for athleisure worldwide. Today, they're the choice bottoms for women exercising in the gym, yoga studio, outdoors, and elsewhere. Even men style compression leggings under shorts because they're so comfortable and offer post-workout recovery benefits. 

When shorts just aren't the move on a cold day, compression leggings are there to add to your workout outfit and provide the comfort you need while exercising. However, not all leggings are the same. 

Sometimes, they can be too tight, and that becomes distracting when you're trying to focus on those sprints or squats. When they're much too tight, they can even affect blood circulation. We know — *gasp*

Interested in learning more? We’ve got you covered, Bombshells! Read on to discover the secrets to finding your perfect compression fit.

But First, What Are Compression Leggings Anyway? 

Imagine hugging your legs with a pair of leggings that whisper sweet nothings about speedier recovery and less muscle fatigue. That's compression leggings for you! 

These aren't just any pants; they're your post-workout BFFs, designed to wrap your legs in gentle pressure that boosts blood flow, kicks lactic acid to the curb, and says "bye-bye" to those dreaded muscle cramps. 

Think of them as the superhero outfit for your legs, giving you the power to recover faster, push harder, and look stunning while doing it. 

The Benefits of Compression Leggings

So, why squeeze into compression leggings, you ask? Here’s the scoop:

  • Support Blood Circulation: They’re like a pep talk for your veins, encouraging blood to flow freely.
  • Wave Goodbye to Muscle Soreness: Less lactic acid buildup means you can say "adios" to delayed onset muscle soreness. Get ready to bounce back faster!
  • Squat-Proof Support: High-waisted, sweat-wicking, and squat-proof? Yes, please! Our Compression Leggings stay put, so you can focus on your workout without any wardrobe worries.
  • Breathe Easy: Made with moisture-wicking and breathable fabric, these leggings keep you dry and comfortable, even during the most intense workouts.
  • Style That Works Hard: From high-rise chic to capri cool, compression leggings — especially from yours truly — are the ultimate in workout wear versatility, effortlessly blending function with fashion.

What Are the Signs That Your Compression Leggings Are Too Tight?

Eager to embrace the benefits of compression tights and yoga pants without the downside? It's all about the fit. Whether you're pulling on compression garments for a brisk run or slipping into something snug for a flow session, tight-fitting shouldn't mean circulation-cutting. 

Let's dive into how to wear compression leggings comfortably and spot when they're too snug for your good.

The Waist Is Constricting

This will be the most evident sign that your compression leggings don't fit. Once pulled on, you may notice a restrictive feeling that squeezes your hips and stomach. 

This is not how compression leggings should feel! If they're giving you a "muffin top" look, they're simply too tight. This is especially true if the waistband has elastic in it, which is a no in our book. 

While compression leggings are supposed to be tight, they've crossed the line at this point, in which case you'll need to go up a size. Keep in mind they're designed to compress your thighs and lower legs but not cause discomfort in your waist.

They Move When You Bend

When you bend down, do your leggings slip down? This may be because the waistband isn't high enough. This isn't because they're too big, but there is not enough material for them to stay in place. It may not seem like a huge deal when trying them on, but when working out, you absolutely don't want to be constantly pulling them up. 

Since compression leggings don't have a drawstring, the cut of the waist should be a bit higher to hold your assets in place as you run, bike, lift weights, and do yoga. While they should offer total freedom of movement, your leggings should never feel like they're sliding down.

So, How Tight Should Compression Leggings Be?

Striking the perfect balance with compression leggings is like mixing your favorite cocktail: it needs the right blend of ingredients. They should be snug, yet not so tight that they cut off your circulation or hinder your movement. 

Here's the lowdown:

Snug but Not Squeezing

Compression leggings should envelop your legs in gentle pressure, supporting blood flow without causing discomfort or leaving indent marks.

Freedom of Movement

Whether it's doing squats or striding out on a run, you should move freely, thanks to the stretchy, wicking material that acts like your skin’s more athletic sister.

Just Right Compression Level

Different activities might call for different compression levels. For yoga, you might prefer a lighter squeeze, while high-intensity workouts could benefit from firmer compression pants.

Where To Find the Best Compression Leggings

Now, for the golden question: where can you score these magical leggings? Look no further than Bombshell Sportswear! 

Our leggings are a confidence boost waiting to happen. Crafted with love, our range from high-waisted beauties to capri cuties offers:

  • Muscle Recovery and Style: Our leggings are designed to support muscle recovery while ensuring you look bomb.
  • Moisture-Wicking Superpowers: Say goodbye to sweat marks with our leggings that keep you dry and comfortable, no matter the workout intensity.
  • Versatility: Transition seamlessly from a hardcore gym session to a casual day out without skipping a beat in style.

The Wrap Up

In the vast universe of workout wear, Bombshell Sportswear’s compression leggings are the shining stars. They’re not just about looking good (though, let's be honest, they excel there, too); it's about feeling powerful, supported, and ready to conquer whatever challenge comes next. 

Whether you're crushing a new PB or stretching it out in a yoga session, our leggings are here to make sure you do it in comfort and style. So go ahead, Bombshells, elevate your workout wardrobe, and experience the blend of performance and chic our sportswear provides. 

Happy squatting!