If there's one thing that all men can agree on, it's that women look amazing in a pair of yoga pants--and athletic women look especially amazing. Yoga pants are the next best thing to wearing nothing at all, as they leave little to the imagination. We here at TheSportster have a theory that the revealing clothing item was invented by men for men, tricking women into believing that they are fashionable. Oh sure they might be comfortable and practical for working out in, but that's not why they were originally designed.
But really, who invented yoga pants? What man (or woman, although who are we kidding, it was a man) do we have to think for this ingenious clothing item? There’s no clear answer to this question, although if it weren’t for the efforts of chemists Wallace Carothers, William Hanford, Donald Holmes, and Joseph C. Shivers (see, all men), who helped create the material commonly found in today’s yoga pants, they might never have existed. In particular, Shivers is responsible for the invention of Lycra (or Spandex), a stretchy material used in sportswear, swimsuits, undergarments, and, of course, yoga pants. So on behalf of men everywhere, we thank you, Dr. Shivers. You helped make the world a better place. If it weren’t for you, women would still be walking around in baggy pants, and men would be left having to use their imaginations to try and guess what lies beneath the clothing.
When it comes to female athletes and yoga pants, you really can't go wrong. But here's the list of the top 15 hottest athletes who sure know how to rock a pair of yoga pants.
15 Michelle Jenneke
14 Hilary Knight
Hilary Knight is a member of the US Women’s hockey team. A combination of a playmaking/goal scoring forward, she helped lead the team to two silver medal Olympic finishes, tallying 8 points in 5 games in 2010 and 6 points in 5 games in 2014. Like Raisman, Knight posed nude, wearing only a pair of skates and a pearly white smile, for ESPN’s body issue. She also posed for Cosmopolitan wearing a pair of yoga pants and showing off her amazing 6-foot tall figure. Knight said during her interview with ESPN that she is proud to be feminine while still having muscles.
13 Jessica Ennis
12 Ronda Rousey
Let’s put her looks aside for a moment. Before losing to Holly Holm at UFC 193, Rousey was arguably the most dominant female MMA fighter of all time. Aside from the Holm loss, her fights had only gone past the first round on one occasion, and it took her a combined total of just one minute and four seconds to dismantle Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano, and Bethe Correia. She’s also beaten the current bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate, in both of their fights, making Rousey the main contender for the title. We’re sure it’s only a matter of time before she’s back on top, especially now that she doesn’t have to go through Holm.
11 Maria Sharapova
10 Dana Linn Bailey
Mainstream sports fans might not know who Dana Linn Bailey is, but bodybuilding fans sure will. Bailey is one of the most popular female bodybuilders in the world, with over one and a half million followers on Instagram alone. The reason for her popularity? She’s pretty hot, if you can get past all the duckface pictures. All those sets of heavy squats have sure paid off, as she looks incredible in a pair of yoga pants. We wouldn’t exactly say she has a booty, as it’s more like a well-defined gluteus maximus, but either way, it’s fun to look at.
9 Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman is often overshadowed by fellow American gymnast hottie McKayla Maroney. But we here at TheSportster think that’s just not fair. Raisman is just as successful, with two gold medals and one bronze medal from the London Olympics, and she’s just as hot—if not hotter—than Maroney. Don’t take our word for it, just check out her photos from the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine’s body issue. Wearing nothing but some tape and a bit of chalk, Raisman proudly shows off her amazing muscular physique. So while it’s a shame that she has to cover it up at times, at least yoga pants is the next best thing.
8 Serena Williams
Serena Williams is arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time. She absolutely dominates the sport like no other player ever has. In fact, she’s so dominant that some have even made the case that she should be considered the greatest all-around female athlete of all time. Serena isn’t like most other female tennis players. She’s big, strong, and muscular. And she’s not afraid to show off her athletic build, especially in a pair of yoga pants. Many a male sports fan have ogled at her, shall we say, backside. Seriously, this woman looks like she could squat a small truck.
7 Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate recently stunned the UFC world by submitting Holly Holm in the UFC bantamweight championship bout back in March 2016 at UFC 196. Holm, who was just coming off an impressive win against the previously undefeated Rousey, was considered by most to be the heavy favorite in the fight. Tate’s win cemented her status as one of the premier fighters in all of mixed martial arts, and it only helped to increase her already quite substantial celebrity status. A big reason why she is so popular amongst UFC fans is the fact that she’s hot. Tate is one of the most attractive female fighters in all of mixed martial arts. Thanks to an intense fitness regimen, she has an incredible body, and one that is perfect for yoga pants.
6 Paige VanZant
5 McKayla Maroney
McKayla Maroney caught the attention of all of America, including President Barack Obama, back in 2012 when she competed in the London Summer Olympics. A photograph of her sporting a less-than-excited expression went viral, catapulting Maroney into Internet stardom. In the four years that have passed since the Olympics, she has turned into quite the attractive young woman, and she’s not afraid to show off her athletic figure in revealing pictures on social media. Unfortunately, citing health concerns, Maroney retired from competitive gymnastics in 2016.
4 Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan is a member of the Olympic gold medalist women’s US soccer team. If it weren’t for her, the team might not have made it to the finals, as she was the one who scored the winning goal in extra time against Canada in the semifinals. Morgan is one of the more recognizable faces from the team, not just because she’s a great player but also because she’s attractive and has a fun personality. A lot was made of her incredible body shortly after the Olympics, as she appeared in Sports Illustrated wearing tiny bikinis and body paint. She also appeared in a Nike photo shoot wearing a pair of yoga pants, and it was just as amazing as you’d expect.
3 Paige Spiranac
At the moment, Paige Spiranac is more of a social media celebrity than a professional golfer. But that could soon change. She recently graduated from San Diego State University and is looking to break into the pro ranks by gaining her LPGA card. In the meantime, she’s been gaining a lot of fans through her Instagram account by regularly posting sexy selfies that show off her perfect body. Apparently when she’s not golfing she’s practicing for her fallback career as a model. One look at this woman’s figure and it’s no wonder that she’s so high on this list of athletes who know how to rock a pair of yoga pants.
2 Lindsey Vonn
Before she was Lindsey Vonn Tiger Woods’s girlfriend (now ex-girlfriend), she was Lindsey Vonn Olympic gold medalist alpine skier. Woods must have a thing for hot blondes, because Vonn bears a slight resemblance to his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren (although, come to think of it, who isn’t into hot blondes?). You’ve got to hand it to Tiger. He was able to bounce back from a messy public divorce and hookup with a beautiful, and much younger, woman. Vonn posed au naturel(with just a bit of body paint) for the 2016 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. She’s kind of got a Ronda Rousey thing going on, so obviously she looks good in yoga pants.
1 Eugenie Bouchard
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard’s tennis career has been on a bit of a decline after her surprising run to the finals at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Some believe that she let her newfound celebrity status go to her head, causing her to lose focus on her game. Thankfully Bouchard, who was born in Montreal and trains out of Miami Beach, Florida, is only 22 years old, so there’s still plenty of time for her to get back her form. And if she doesn’t, there’s always a career in fitness modeling waiting for her. It’s just too bad that she’s into guys like Justin Bieber.
Following a dangerous fall in the locker room at the US Open that left her unable to compete for several months, Bouchard is looking to revitalize her career in 2016. Unfortunately, however, she’s struggled to recapture the success that she had in 2014.
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