As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I enjoy exercising quite a bit. This includes weight lifting, which includes squats, deadlifts, power cleans, and generally having to bend over quite a bit. This wouldn’t normally be a problem for me, if it weren’t for two things:

  • Lots of women’s workout pants become extremely sheer when you bend over. (I’m looking at you, Lululemon).
  • The way my gym’s weight room is situated, there are glass walls facing a hallway that nearly everyone in the gym passed through. The squat rack and hyperextension bench are right in front of the glass walls, so passersby get a direct view of the users’ ass.

These two things alone are irritating, but together, it’s a recipe for embarrassment. So what’s a girl to do? I can’t change the gym’s architectural integrity or move the rack or bench, as the weight room is pretty dinky. It looked like I needed to find some amazing workout pants.

Enter Zella.

Zella is a brand of women’s activewear available only at Nordstrom. The fabric is incredibly light and breathable while still being opaque through record-breaking squats. Take that, glass wall of oglers!

They are a bit pricier than the pants you’d find at Target or Old Navy, but they won’t degrade in the washing machine or show the world your butt. That’s worth the extra money, if you ask me.

zella leggings

Live-In Streamline Capri Leggings ($48.00) and Live-In Leggings ($52.00). Image via Nordstrom.

As a bonus, they’re also fantastic for running when it’s a bit colder out. Huzzah!