When you’re in the zone at the gym, you don’t want to think about anything besides the weight in front of you: You don’t want to worry about your music cutting out, your water bottle tipping over, or your shorts migrating north with every movement.
Thankfully, I’ve got the last part covered. Having a rotating arsenal of squat shorts that don’t ride up has allowed me to forget about what I’m wearing and focus instead on the task at hand.
It’s been a process, though. Even just a few years ago, it seemed like apparel companies were pretty limited in their lifting shorts options, which tend to be more form-fitting and spandex-y than looser, more flowy running shorts. They’d have a pair with a 3-inch inseam, and that was that. Maybe, just maybe, they’d have a bike short option as well, which are usually quite a bit longer, about a 7- or 8-inch inseam.
Neither worked great for me. I really liked the way many of the 3-inch shorts looked when I was standing still, but once I started lunging, squatting, and hinging, all bets were off: A muscular lower half and movement generally don’t pair well with short-shorts, as I learned. I ended up spending way too much time during my workout fussing with them and picking at them to stop riding up. Bike shorts, on the other hand, served a practical purpose, but I didn’t feel good in them. The 7- or 8-inch inseam looked way too long on my short frame.
As SELF’s fitness director, I have the opportunity to try a whole bunch of lifting shorts, and I’ve found a few that work so well for me that I find myself reaching for them workout after workout. Take a look below if you’ve been searching for squat shorts that stay put—you just may find a pair that works for you, too.
One quick thing I wanted to emphasize, though: These kinds of shorts are going to fit differently on all bodies, and some of the things that bother me about lifting shorts—say, too long a length—may not annoy you in the least. So take these as a jumping-off point; consider them some vetted shorts that just may work for you, too. You’d definitely want to make sure you try on these first, and do a few lunges, squats, and hinges in them first to ensure they stay where you want them to when you’re actually moving!
Below are my three current favorite squat shorts that I’ve been wearing on repeat. No mid-set tugging, pulling, or adjusting required.
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