If you follow Fitness Influencers on Instagram, you might have seen them all wearing and hyping the same leggings and sports-bra combos and brands all over the feed. When I started getting into fitness I went to the gym in my old Nike and H&M clothes all the time. Over time, however, I wanted to try new brands, new styles and cute outfits for the gym as well. And this is where these hyped up Instagram fitness brands come into play.
From Gymshark to Lululemon – they all have their supporters for a reason. And so I set out and purchased a bunch of clothes to try to find out which brand I liked the most. I rated them in quality, price, fit and style and have supplied a little summary of each brand I tried below. As I currently somehow need more gym clothes in a week than actual outfits, I will try to test even more brands and add them to the list. If you want me to write about a particular Instagram fitness brand, do not hesitate to let me know.
Tested & Tried: Instagram Fitness Brands
I have first ordered a set at Aimn about two years ago when I first spotted them on an Instagram influencer. And I’ve almost exclusively worked out in their sets ever since. I think right now I have about six leggings and four sports-bras to go with them and I love them all. I personally do not find the one-shoulder and big cut out tops too practical at the gym, even though they look super cute. This is why I usually gravitate towards my plain sports bras from this or other brands.
The leggings from aimn.com, however, are my absolute favorite piece of clothing ever. They feel like a second skin, do not stain with sweat when working out, are squat proof and give you the most amazing shape – especially around the waist. I love that they are super high-waisted and flattering around the hips. However, in order for that, you have to size down one size or else they are too wide around the waist. (As can be seen in this outfit)
Price: Leggings: 60,- € & Bra: 35,- €
Sizing: Size down in pants, tops are true to size
Shop here: www.aimn.com
Röhnisch is the most expensive sportswear brand amongst the ones I have tried already. However, they do incredible styles as well. I did fall in love with the leggings and the cute detail on the back. Thinking that they might be a bit lose around the waist as well, I opted for the small leggings. This was a mistake as the pants are now super tight and almost leave me no air to breathe. So I’d say go for your true size with Röhnisch – especially the pants.
What I do not like too much, however, is the fact that the sports bra comes with padded cups. I know many people prefer that but I find it distracting and weird. I would have loved for them to be removable but they’re stitched into the bra. As for the material, I can tell you that it’s incredibly robust and high quality. Doesn’t stain when working out and feels highly breathable and water absorbing.
Price: Leggings: 80, – € & Bra: 50,- €
Sizing: True to size (I wear size M in leggings and size S in the top)
Shop here: www.rohnisch.com
Smilodox was on my radar because it seems to be the more reasonably priced pendant to Gymshark. When they had their clear out at the beginning of the year I scored an entire set consisting of leggings, sports-bra and a shirt for under 50€ so naturally, I had to give them a try. I must admit I am over the moon in love with their crop tops and sports bras. They have the perfect length, give insane support and come without padded cups, which I love.
I accidentally ordered one that wasn’t high-waisted (even though it looked like it on the website) and don’t really like that when working out. I might give them another try as I have my eyes set on a beautiful set on their website that keeps selling out. This is another drawback, by the way. Whenever they launch a new collection, it’s quickly sold out and I hate that. The leggings are 100% squat proof, though, and do not stain through sweat. The material is nice and thick and doesn’t lose its shape after washing.
All in all, I think that Smildox has the best price-quality ratio as they have really good quality and super affordable. Especially when they do one of their clear out sales. Signing up for their newsletter surely pays off.
Price: Leggings: 40,- € & Bra: 30,- €
Sizing: True to size (I wear leggings in size M and bra/tops in size S)
Shop here: www.smilodox.com
Stronger was the first Instagram fitness brand I tried and it was mostly due to their amazing prints and styles. I purchased this particular blue plant print two years ago and was obsessed with it back then. Nowadays, I do not like wearing it anymore as I gravitate more towards monochrome outfits, however, in terms of print and style these definitely do stand out. The quality is really good and even after two years of washing and wearing, the leggings haven’t lost their original shape.
What I personally didn’t like as much as the fit of the bra though. It is a rather stiff material but somehow doesn’t provide you with a lot of support during Cardio. I find the fit of the long bra really flattering for the waist. However, it is not the most practical for working out. Moreover, the leggings aren’t 100% squat prove and therefore way better for yoga and home workouts than weights at the gym.