Best jeans for bodybuilders & athletes with muscular legs: athletic denim

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I’ll be perfectly honest. If you looked at my legs you would likely say you had seen beefier pins hanging out of a birds nest.

But anyway…

That doesn’t stop me hunting down great information and some handy-dandy discount codes for those of you with hulking great thighs.

So without further ado, here’s the roundup of information on the best jeans for bodybuilders and athletes with muscular legs.

Best jeans for bodybuilders
If you’re tired of discomfort, your legs busting your jeans every couple of months, or maybe you have to buy larger waist jeans to accommodate those bulging thighs, then you’re in the perfect place.

I’ll be perfectly honest. If you looked at my legs you would likely say you had seen beefier pins hanging out of a birds nest.

  • Barbell Apparel jeans straight athletic fit in medium wash
  • Levi’s mens big & tall 541 athletic fit jean
  • Levi’s 550 relaxed fit jeans
  • GASP flex denim jeans for guys with muscular thighs
  • Gorilla wear GW82 jeans
  • Fran Daniel and Ryan denim jeans
  • Duluth Trading Company fire hose pants
  • Atlas 46 Bunker jeans (best work pants for big thighs)
  • Relentless jeans (now rebranded to Edison Atlas Clothing)

Barbell Apparel jeans straight athletic fit in medium wash

These guys got started with an ultra-successful Kickstarter campaign1 back in April/May of 2014. Their goal was to raise $15k, but it turns out they got $735,794! Looks like there are quite a few people out there in need of jeans for athletic thighs huh? These great products are available in these styles:
  • Straight athletic fit (straight fit pictured below)
  • Relaxed athletic fit
  • Athletic chino pant

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All styles come in a variety of colors, you can choose from the following:

  • Light wash
  • Medium wash
  • Distressed
  • Midnight
  • Dark Indigo

Barbell Apparel jeans review

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Straight athletic fit in medium wash

Barbell Apparel Denim Jeans

Levi’s is a name that needs no introduction. We have two options from these guys that are a bit of a cheaper Barbell jeans alternative, so perfect for the pocket!

Levi’s mens big & tall 541 athletic fit jean

The big and tall 541 are 98% Cotton and 2% Elastane. They have zipper closure and are machine washable.

These 5 pocket style jeans sit at the waist and are straight legged.

Why they are good for bodybuilders/athletes: Stretch fit with more room in the seat and thigh.

Pro tip: Go for the Levis commuter 541 athletic fit trousers which are perfect if you want a water resistant pair of jeans.

Levi’s 541 athletic fit review

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Levi’s 550 relaxed fit jeans

The 100% cotton, zipper closure Levi’s have machine wash durability and a relaxed fit.

They sit at the waist, have all-around style and will accommodate even the biggest of thighs.

The one small complain with these jeans is that some people find they are a little too baggy below the knee. If that’s not a style you like, you could maybe think about seeing a tailor for adjustments.

GASP flex denim bodybuilder jeans for guys with muscular thighs

Here’s a tip on jeans for muscular legs and small waist sizes from our very own James Atkinson: GASP Denim.

Made of a super stretch denim material, these jeans are designed specifically for “massive athletes” and feature:

  • Comfortable fit
  • Mid height waist
  • Tailored to fit well-trained physiques

Gasp Broad Street Denim

GASP Broad Street Denim

It was rumored at one time that the GASP jeans clothing company company belonged to Rich Gaspari, but it turned out to be untrue… Just thought that totally useless nugget might interest you.

Check out the video below, Branch Warren had this to say about this brand of bodybuilder jeans:

The best pair of jeans I’ve ever had off the rack.

Branch Warren

Branch Warren on GASP flex denim

Gorilla Wear GW82 Jeans Blue

GW82 Gorilla Wear jeans

Gorilla Wear jeans are made from 95% cotton and 5% elastane, the GW82 jeans are available in sizes up to 2XL which make them truly gorilla fit jeans!

Also, they come with a handy-dandy draw-string to ensure they fit snugly.

You might be surprised to hear that this is the only style of jeans that the Gorilla Wear bodybuilding clothing company produce at time of writing.

Our theory for this here at HOG is that it probably it got too expensive/dangerous to keep enough gorillas in the warehouse to try the clothes on.

Fran denim jeans

In the denim business since 1997, Fran Denim promises that their US made jeans are made with a “level of expertise that few can match.”

The majority of the Fran line consists of denim shorts and jeans for athletic women, but there are a couple of options for men also with their “Daniel” and “Ryan” styles.

Be careful when ordering, they say at the site that these styles run a size big so order a size smaller than you normally would.

Fran Daniel jean features:

  • Medium stonewash, hand sand, whiskers
  • Fabric content 98% cotton, 2% spandex
  • Classic 5 pocket style
  • 34″ inseam
  • Straight leg

Fran Ryan jean features:

  • Fabric content 98% cotton, 2% spandex
  • Classic 5 pocket style
  • 32″ inseam
  • Straight leg

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Honorable mentions (alternatives to bodybuilder jeans)

Workwear and trousers that don’t fall into the jeans category, or might just be for work purposes but may well be of interest to you, you bulky legged beast you!

Duluth Trading Company

Started in 1991 by two Duluth tradesmen, the Duluth Trading Company has a ton of hard wearing workwear that looks surprisingly good for smart wear too! (See video)

As well as the pants line they provide, there are also jeans, jacket, underwear, footwear and a bunch of other workwear and accessory options you can browse over at the online store.

Duluth Trading Company pants review

Duluth Trading Company Fire Hose Pants

Duluth Trading Company firehose flex pants

Atlas 46 Bunker jeans (best work pants for bodybuilders)

Atlas 46 Bunker Jeans

If you are not getting the wear out of your work jeans that you had hoped for, maybe you should take a look at the Atlas 46 Bunker jeans which feature:

A-FLEX Denim construction, USA milled Denim with stretch
Deep front pockets with integrated cell phone pocket
10″ deep front pockets
Coin pocket with dedicated pen slot
Pen slot also great for carpenter pencils or tape measures
Reinforced, Triple-Seam inseam
Superior flexibility gusseted crotch
Anything with a gusseted crotch is worth having a look into in our honest opinion.

Anything with a gusseted crotch is worth having a look into in our honest opinion.

Atlas 46 Bunker jeans review

Relentless jeans (now rebranded to Edison Atlas Clothing)

Started by Merle Mckenzie and Glenn Perra Jr. who own five CrossFit boxes in central-Connecticut Relentless Jeans is another company that got started with a Kickstarter campaign,2 shortly after Barbell Apparel, back in May to June 2014.

Information on the new Edison Atlas jeans is pretty hard to come by at the time of writing, but some of their fans on their Facebook pages swear by the old Relentless jeans.

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We are not sure what happened to Relentless Jeans, or why they rebranded as Edison Atlas, but we’ll keep you updated if any more information comes in. For now, keep them in mind for the future!

It’s your turn!

Know of any other great brands producing either jeans for bodybuilders or jeans for athletes with muscular legs?

Tried any of the brands above and liked/disliked them?

Let us know your tips in the comments!

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