The Best Athletic Shorts that Cover Your Butt

Girl, you got some fine legs. Yes, you. All of you.

I was walking around Compass one day and it hit me—girls just stopped wearing shorts. Like BAM!—one day all our gorgeous legs were covered up with spandex. I get it, I love my Senita capris and Takara leggings and think they make every booty look good. But then I heard one of my athletes say this sentence:

I just don’t like how my legs look.

LADIES. Maybe this is me projecting one voice upon many, but if you can’t remember the last time you showed off those legs at the gym, I want you to ask yourself why. Do you find it easier to sprint, do yoga, or otherwise move with leggings on? Cool—keep wearing them. But if you’re only sliding on the spandex to cover up part of your body, stop a second and ask yourself where those thoughts came from.

Those legs are a beautiful, strong force that allows you to lift heavy shit, go out with your girlfriends, and join me in a daily dance party. If you like picking up your kids, hauling groceries, and strutting into the office, you need those powerful legs to carry you through. And this is just my $.02, but I think you should stop robbing the rest of us of their beauty.

—And here are ten pairs of athletic shorts that can do just that, and maybe a few that won’t cut it.

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Lululemon Align 4" PURPLE (size: 4) - These feel amazing on, but ride up a lot. They look cute and I love the color, but they wouldn’t be my go-to shorts in the gym.

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Lululemon Tracker Short 4" HEATHER GREY (size: 4) - One of my favorites in this haul and I’ve already worn them four times this vacation! They feel good, don’t ride up, and make me feel my best!


Athleta Elation Short 9" BLACK  (size: XS) - These spandex shorts are super long, but at least I know that they won’t ever ride up on me. Athleta is one of my favorite brands for leggings, so I was excited to try out their long spandex. They make me feel like a biker and that trend is super in right now so it’s a win-win!

Athleta Mesh Racer Run Short 4" BLACK (size: XS) - They feel a little tight on my butt but the Small was too big and sometimes that happens! Sizes are so different within each brand so just find the right one that suits you! They fit great around the waist!

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Senita ELEVATE SHORTS BLACK (size: S) - You guys already know my obsession with all things Senita Athletics. I have worked with these ladies for years and am always excited to share my experiences with their clothing. These shorts have spandex underneath them so they are a totally different style than what I am used to, but I like it!

Senita Rio Shorts BLACK & WEB (Size: S) - These are a crowd favorite in the Senita Sisters Facebook group by FAR. They don’t ride up, they don’t chafe, and they are cute. Oh, did I mention they have all of the pockets as well? AND super affordable? Yep.

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ODODOS High Waist WINE (Size S) - OMG these feel so good you guys. The quality is top notch, the color is a new fave, and they don’t ride up. WIN WIN.


Queenie Ke Women 6" Inseam Power Flex Mid-Waist 3-Pocket White Grey Space Dye (Size S) - I loved this color and the style of these spandex shorts. However, my boyfriend told me that they are a little see through, so maybe do the whole upside down look in the mirror before you walk out in public with these pretty ones. They also have a ton of other colors so check them all out!

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adidas Women's 4 Inch Short Tight White (Size S) - HOW did I not learn my lesson not to buy white shorts? Spandex white shorts. And they are so short. I’m just going to leave that here and move on.

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Under Armour Women's Fly-By Shorts Black (Size S) - My favorite in the haul. They have pockets, they are long enough, they are black, and they make me feel good. I’m a big fan and know that you will be too!