Aqua Training Bags
Aqua Punching Bags have become a game changer in the world of boxing, martial arts, and fitness training. These water filled punch bags have a greater shock absorption rate than traditional bags which makes them safer on the joints whilst also giving the feel of hitting a real body.
Due to the qualities of water their weight to size ratio is also greatly increased compared to ordinary punch bags and their better ability to absorb shock means a more intense workout and less swing movement. When you hit one of these bags for the first time, you will never go back to working out with a traditional heavy bag.
Available in a range of sizes and unique colours, they’re ideal to replace your speed bag or heavy bag in both your gym or garage workouts.
Aqua Punch Bags are created by one of the oldest and well-respected manufacturing companies in the USA, they are incredibly durable and can withstand even the most impressive combos, so that’s why all Aqua Punch Bags come with a 2 year warranty!
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Aqua Punching Bags or Aqua Training Bags as they are also known have become popular in boxing clubs and fitness gyms in recent years after gaining praise from many top pro-boxers and martial artists around the world. These water filled punch bags have a unique feel to them compared to traditional punch bags with many comparing it to more like hitting a real body, which makes sense when you consider the human body is made up of around 60% water.
Due to the qualities of water they absorb the impact of blows far greater than ordinary punch bags meaning less stress on the joints which allows for longer more intense workouts, which in turn reduces the risk of aching wrists, shoulder, and elbow joints often associated with heavy bag workouts. The shape of the bags also allows for upper-cuts to be practised efficiently doing away for the need to have a separate dedicated upper-cut bag.
As water absorbs shock far greater than the filling you find in traditional heavy bags the swing movement is also less noticeable on the heavier versions of the Aqua Punching Bags, which, due to the density of water, are very heavy indeed! Another added bonus is as they are delivered empty and you self-fill you avoid the "heavy item" shipping costs associated with normal heavy bags.
Being constructed from a heavy-duty UV resistant vinyl compound they are very durable and come with a 2-year warranty.
What size of Aqua Punching Bag should I choose?Types of Aqua Training Bags
Currently there are six types of Aqua Punching Bags available in various sizes, weights and colour options. Due to the production methods for the multi-colour option bags each bag has its own unique swirling pattern.
Aqua Head Hunter Bags
The two smaller sized 9 and 12 inch bags, (the inch measurements refer to diameter size), are called Head Hunters which are exactly what the name implies, bags for practicing accuracy and timing to perfect head shots much like normal slip bags, though heavier due to being water filled. Aqua Headhunters will swing gracefully or erratically based on the way you hit it or your trainer moves it on you, allowing you to also practice your defensive skills by honing your head slipping and bobbing. When filled the 9" model weighs 15lbs with the 12" being more than twice the weight at 35lbs.
Medium, Heavy, & Super-Heavy Aqua Bags
There's the mid ranged 15 inch Energy model weighing 75 pounds followed by the heavy 18 inch and super-heavy 21 inch Punching bags weighing 120 and 190 pounds respectively. The final model is the body shaped 150 pound Bruiser Bag. Keep in mind that if due to space restrictions you need to hang and remove your bag each time you want to use it then you might want to avoid the larger 18", 21" and Bruiser versions as their heavy weight means it is no easy task. If this is the case then 15" Aqua Energy Bag is ideal for this purpose as its 75lb weight makes it easier to manage.
The following table shows the various types along with their unfilled and filled weights in pounds and kilos, as well as a brief description of what each bag is suitable for. With the following links to the individual bag types:
What's included with the Aqua Punching Bags?
Each Aqua Punch Bag comes with instructions for installing, a steel hanging shackle to attach the bag to a chain, a nozzle used for filling the bag, (see the article below on what hose connectors are required), and a spare filler hole cross-head screw plug.
How to Hang, Fill, & Drain your Aqua Bag
Hanging the bag
NB. For ease of use with the heavier Aqua Bag types it is best to hang your bag first and then fill it.
Hang your bag from a sturdy overhead beam or on a free-standing heavy bag rack for which the floor must also be strong enough to hold the weight. Make sure the overhead beam can hold at least four times the weight of the bag you have. Pick a location that is free from surrounding obstacles. You want a minimum clear area of 5 feet around the bag to work your boxing combinations. If you are also using kicks then this area may have to be greater depending on the kicking techniques you are using.
NB. Aqua produce their ownwhich has been specifically designed to take the weight of the heavier Aqua bags.
There are three ways you can attach the bag to the beam:
Option 1 - Loop the chain around the beam and attach with a quick link.
Option 2 - Eye Bolt - Drill a 1/2 inch (13mm) hole through the beam and insert an eye bolt through the hole. tighten the eye bolt by first placing a washer over the top and tighten the bolt with a spanner or socket.
Option 3 - Eye Lag Screw - Drill a hole 1/8 inch (3mm) smaller than the diameter of the screw's thread through the beam and screw the eye lag into the drilled hole. Place a bar or screwdriver through the eye to fully tighten the screw into the beam.
NB. The loop-over or eye bolt options should be used when hanging the heavier bag types, the eye lag screw should only be used for the lighter Head Hunter models
When using the Aqua Punch Bag Hanging Kit attach the quick connector at the swivel eye end of the chain to the shackle on the bag and use the quick connector at the other end of the chain to attach it to the eye bolt. If you find the height of the bag is too low you can raise it by choosing a different chain link to attach to the upper quick connecting link . On high ceiling fittings an additional chain may be required. The height of the bag can be varied depending on your training style, though usually the top of the bag would be set at your head level.
Safety Tip: Always wear hand protection when using the Aqua Punch Bags. Repeatedly striking the bag bare fisted may result in sore knuckles or abrasions. Wearing padded gloves which also support the wrist are recommended and also allow the user to train with greater intensity.
Filling the bag
Tip: As mentioned earlier you should fill the heavier types of Aqua Bags once hung, otherwise it can be a two or even three man job to lift them into the hanging position.
Remove the filler plug using a No.2 Phillips screwdriver or large flat screwdriver. NB. When removing the filler screw you may see that the rubber filler plug seal has remained in the opening. If so use a pair of long nosed pliers or tweezers to pull the plug from the hole and push it back into the screw so that it is ready for refitting.
Attach the supplied sweeper nozzle to a garden hose NB. See item below "How do I connect the Aqua Punch Bag filler nozzle to a hose?"
You may wish to place a container beneath the bag to catch any water that will drip off the bottom should you overfill it.
Insert the filler nozzle into the bag and slowly turn on the water. Note: If you don't have a water flow control fitted on the filling end of the hose then this process will be a two person task, one to hold the filler in place whilst the other turns on the mains tap.
Do not press the nozzle too far into the opening as air needs to be allowed to escape through the same passageway as the bag fills.
Turn off the water supply once the level of the water reaches the fill hole. Note: A bag does not have to be completely filled. A full bag will have a firmer feel when struck. If you prefer the bag to have less firmness then try a three-quarter fill.
Replace the filler plug and tighten gently. NB.Do not over tighten or you will risk damaging the plastic screw head.
Tip: On the Bruiser Bag model once filled you can fully inflate the head area by using a hand pump that has a needle nozzle, as used for footballs, which can be inserted into the hole in the filler screw. This can also be done on other models to keep the top of the bag wrinkle free but it is not essential.