10 Best Pairs Of Underwear For Workouts – Panties for Every Exercise

You spend so much time (and, LBH, money) making sure you have the right sneakers for your stride and the best sports bra to keep everything strapped in. But what about putting on the best underwear for your workout? It’s so simple to just slip into whatever is lying at the top of your drawer (or you know, whatever is clean…).

The best panties for any workout routine will be made of either cotton or a moisture-wicking synthetic, says Alyssa Dweck, M.D., author of The Complete A to Z for Your V. “Yeast and bacteria love dark, moist environments,” says Dweck, who suggests changing out of any wet clothes as soon as possible for this reason. Watch out for seams, too, as they could rub in all the wrong places and cause chafing (um, ouch).

Also, pay attention to size. “The tighter it is, the more it’s going to hold up against your vagina and potentially trap moisture, bacteria, and sweat that can lead to infection,” says Justin Shelton, D.O., an ob-gyn at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. If you put on undies and instantly feel restricted–rather than supported–or you see indentation lines in the skin after you take them off, they’re too small.

Dweck adds that the best underwear for workouts is the pair you don’t even realize you’re wearing. “You shouldn’t be aware of your underwear when working out–comfort is key,” she says.

As for what brands to try out first, Women’s Health tapped a few fitness pros who have strong preferences on what to wear down there–and were willing to open up about their favorites.

Lululemon Namastay Put Thong II

The Pro:Andrea Speir of SPEIR Pilates

“I need something seamless that won’t bunch up, which is why I love these,” she says. This super soft, wet-wicking set definitely has that barely-there feel, plus the bonded seams and delicate cut means no irritation or VPLs.

Under Armour Stretch Thong

The pros: Ariel Belgrave, Tone It Up trainer and creator of The L.E.A.N Method; Natalie Uhling, Creator of NuFit; Anna Kaiser, celebrity trainer and founder of AKT InMotion

These undies are loved by many. Shimmying your way through a Beyonce song requires bottoms that aren’t going to give you a wedgie every time you thrust a hip. So Uhling and Kaiser both turn to thongs: “They stays put so I don’t have to keep adjusting–or I just go bare,” says Uhling. And Belgrave agrees. “This underwear was created for workouts. They are super soft, lightweight, breathable (sweat-wicking tech material!), and don’t require adjusting during the workout.

Knix Seamless Boyshort

The pro:Kristin McGee, yoga and meditation at Peloton

McGee reaches for briefs with seamless design. Knix is her go-to brand–the company designed their Athletic Boyshorts after surveying over 350 female personal trainers to ensure their product held up to plenty of sweat.

Icebreaker Siren Bikini

The pro: Priya Mareedu, adventure traveler and Icebreaker ambassador The combo of merino wool and feminine (but not thong-style) cut makes this feel like “magic” for Mareedu, who loves wearing them on hikes, walks, or just every day. They come in some cute colors, too.

Danskin Laser Bikini

The Pro: E. Taylor, PES/PNF specialist, NASM-certified trainer, and model

E. Taylor, swears by these super light panties from Danskin for her favorite workout classes. “I love these for rowing, pilates, barre and spin classes. The fabric is soft, comfortable & light.”

Victoria’s Secret No-Show Hiphugger

The pro: Judine St. Gerard, NASM-certified personal trainer and head coach at Tone House

“The best underwear for workouts, in my opinion, should be relatively thin (quick-drying), soft on the skin, and seamless. Victoria’s Secret no-show line (hip huggers and thongs) does an amazing job when it comes to covering all three of my workout panty non-negotiables.”

Branwyn Essential Thong

The pro: Tatiana Firpo, an instructor at Fithouse, Soho House and Everybody Fights

“They’re really comfortable and I like the material. Plus the brand is sustainable, made for performance, and they’re committed to empowering women.” Branwyn gives back to several female driven non-profits and community organizations.

Nubian Skin The Perfect Thong

The pro: Ariel Belgrave, Tone It Up trainer and creator of The L.E.A.N Method

“These are soft, comfortable, and cute underwear–with zero panty-lines. I love wearing these for both working out and with my everyday wear.”

Real Me High Cut Thong Underwear

The pro: Tatiana Firpo, an instructor at Fithouse, Soho House and Everybody Fights

“I would say maybe 60 percent of my underwear is from Aerie. I really like the ‘Real Me’ high cuts when I have leggings that pull down your underwear or if I want it to sit higher on my hips. I also love the material. They’re soooo comfortable and don’t move around when you are working out. “

Nude Barre Seamless Thong

The Pro: E. Taylor, PES/PNF specialist, NASM-certified trainer, and model

“They have the best long-lasting seamless underwear. Perfect for yoga, mobility, and flow training. Their underwear doesn’t show lines through stretch fabric, and they have a wide range of skin tone colors.”

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