Wearing spandex pretty much every day of my life is fun, but finding underwear that works with spandex and also stays in place while working out is not so fun. Finding the right undies for CrossFit is a daunting task. For years I have searched high and low for the perfect unmentionables for working out. In this post I will focus on the bottom half. I hope to also do a review on sports bras in the near future. I have found a few items that work well. When I find something I like, I stick with it. In no particular order and at the risk of sharing too much information, here goes…
1) Lululemon Light As Air Thong
I love this thong. I wish I had one for every day of the week. I love to wear it with spandex. It feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. I generally cannot stand working out in a thong, but I have worked out in this one and it stays in place, especially if you’re wearing a tight layer over it. I wear a size medium, but I could probably even get away with a small. It’s very stretchy and laser-cut for a seam-free fit and no visible panty line (VPL)! These are $16 a pair and worth it if you’re a thong-wearer.
2) Lululemon Premium Technithong
This thong is my second favorite for working out. It’s a little bit more snug in the waist than the Light As Air Thong, but it still works really well under spandex. I wear a medium. These are $16 a pair and if I had to choose between the two, I would choose the Light As Air Thong, not this one.
3) Maidenform Microfiber & Lace Boyshort
If you’re the type that doesn’t like to wear thongs while working out (like me), these are a great option. They fit well under tight-fitting shorts, they stay in place, and there’s no VPL. I have worn these through day-long competitions and they are very comfortable and work well. These are definitely my go-to undies when it comes to working out and not worrying about what my underwear are doing. I think you can buy these at Kohl’s for $21 for three pair. Great buy.
4) Jockey Modern Micro Boyshort
I bought a pair of these because they looked really hot on the mannequin. Doesn’t everything look good on mannequins? Gets me every time! They feel nice and fit okay, but they are very visible through pants and shorts, especially on the front of the thigh. I bought a size 7 and that seems to fit well in the waist. I think I would end up with a muffin top if I went any smaller. I haven’t worked out in these yet, but I probably only will if they’re my last clean pair of undies. This rarely happens since I have so many. Probably a waste of 10 bucks.
5) Lululemon Run: Speed Short
These are the best shorts. EVER. With these shorts you do not need underwear because they have a built-in brief that stay in place. I wish I had five pair – one for each day of the week I work out. These are $54 and worth every penny. They are my go-to short and what makes it even better is I don’t need undies to go along with them. One drawback might be that they are fairly short with a 2.5 inch inseam. I guess they could be considered booty-shorts, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The price is steep, but Lulu makes amazing high-quality workout clothing that’s meant to last a long time.
The list could go on, but I have whittled it down to those products I feel are worth discussing. If you have any tested and true picks to share with the rest of the ladies, please do so by posting to comments or on Facebook. Let’s help our sisters out on the quest for the perfect CrossFit underwear.