AquaJogger Shape Belt Review

The AquaJogger Shape Belt is a high quality, easy-to-manage flotation belt that’s great for men and women of all sizes and ages. AquaJogger says the low-back cut of the Shape Belt is “ideal for weight loss and pregnancy” because it helps the user to maintain an easier upright position, while supporting the lower back. Although marketed to women to accommodate the hips, especially while pregnant, this belt is great for anyone with a “pear-shaped” body. If you have more mass up top, this evenly-cut foam belt will keep you vertical without much effort.

Compared to the AquaJogger Classic Belt, the Shape Belt’s 4″ of extra foam (in length) allows it to easily fit exercisers with wider waistlines. In order to distribute buoyancy more evenly on a larger frame, its foam back is a bit longer on the sides and shorter in the arch. In deep water, this design will keep you confident.

AquaJogger Shape Belt

The AquaJogger Shape comes with a 48″ woven elastic belt, which is equipped with a large quick-release buckle that’s fairly easy to unsnap, even for those with a weaker grip. The strap’s elasticity allows for a more comfortable wearing experience compared to similar belts which do not flex along with the user. And, depending on your personal needs and body type, the Shape Belt can be worn in several ways: wear it upside down for more lower back support, or slide the buckle to the back for more frontal support.

Besides being specifically designed for effortless vertical buoyancy, the AquaJogger Shape Belt was also designed with comfort in mind. The soft-to-the-touch EVA foam is truly comfortable and doesn’t cause any unpleasantness rubbing against the skin. The foam narrows at the waist for comfort and to give wearers the highest level of freedom of movement. It will allow you to use your arms and legs without bunching, sliding, or getting in the way.

The AquaJogger Shape Belt is widely used for abdominal exercises as well as cardio work. Paired with any number of water exercise devices, like hand buoys, resistance cuffs, or swim gloves, the Shape Belt fits close to the body and out of the way of arm movements.

Overall, the AquaJogger Shape Belt is really best for wider-waisted folks looking for a secure fit and ease-of-use.

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4 Underrated Benefits of Water Exercise

Aquatic workouts are a fantastic way to step up your cardio levels, strengthen your legs and core, and challenge yourself (all while staying cool!). Strap on a flotation belt and head to the deep end of the pool to experience a workout that’s full of cardio highs and resistance strength building. If you still aren’t convinced that aqua jogging is what you need in your workout routine, then educate yourself about the benefits of the vigorous sport:

Woman works out in pool with hand buoys.

Great for:

Cardio

Aqua jogging workouts are known for producing resistance, resulting in a great cardio workout. Because water is 800 times denser than air, your body (and heart) must work harder to run in an aqueous environment. Burning about 11.5 calories per minute, according to The Sunday Times, aquatic exercise is looking pretty good when compared to land running at 8 calories per minute.

Instead of taking time off from the track or gym, many dry-land athletes find it extremely beneficial to cross train in the water. Aqua jogging can help keep fitness levels up without putting stress on lower body joints. It’s a great way for a runner to take a break from the treadmill, both physically and mentally.

Core Building

Many athletes might be surprised to learn that water jogging can actually help strengthen the core. Certain jogging belts actively push the user forward, which requires them to engage core and postural muscles to stabilize the body. Because of this, you’re working muscles without even targeting them in your workout.

Rehabilitation

Aqua jogging is a great way for rehabilitating athletes to keep their fitness levels up while recovering from injuries. Because water jogging is a low impact sport, many injured runners, cyclists, and weight-lifters find working out in the pool to be a great way to ease back into their sport. In fact, studies show that injured runners are able to keep up their pre-injury fitness levels for at least 6 weeks with the help of aqua jogging. And, because water applies hydrostatic pressure to the body, blood flow is stimulated, allowing injuries to heal more quickly.

With so many benefits of water exercise, you really have no more excuses to put off aqua jogging. Pick up a flotation belt and dive in head first to the fun and challenging world of water exercise.

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AquaJogger Pro Plus Belt Review

Made with thicker foam than the original AquaJogger, the AquaJogger Pro Plus Belt provides 50% more buoyancy than the Classic. Because of its greater flotation potential, the AquaJogger Pro Plus Belt is a great choice for athletes and others who have a hard time staying afloat on their own accord. Read the review below to find out what users had to say about the Pro Plus.

AquaJogger Pro Plus Flotation Belt
The Pro Plus Belt offers buoyancy above and beyond the standard model, making it the ideal choice for lean-bodied athletes, men, and other “sinkers.”

Made For Athletes and Other Lean Folks

The reviews are in, and if you’re a natural ‘sinker’, then this is the belt for you. Larger body types, those that carry more fat, require less buoyancy. But, leaner, more muscular body types are more dense, and therefore require more buoyancy to stay afloat in the water. As the most buoyant AquaJogger model, the Pro Plus Belt is an ideal flotation aide for lean, muscular men and women, and those with very little body fat. It easily maintains a head-above-water position while you deep water jog, do aqua aerobics, or rehabilitate in the pool. Rather than sizing their product by weight, as many other flotation belts do, AquaJogger belts are sized by waist because AquaJogger understands the principles of water in relation to body fat density.

The AquaJogger Pro Plus Belt can also be worn in a few different ways to help switch up your workout routine. Wear the belt traditionally (with the back arching upward) for great support and a built-in core workout. Or, as some users have suggested, try wearing the belt upside down to challenge the body’s balance.

To Sum Up…

We were definitely impressed with the Pro Plus Belt’s quality. As with most AquaJogger products, the belt is made in the USA and made to last. Some swimmers did report that this belt felt cumbersome or bulky, but remember that it’s designed for vertical water exercise, and not necessarily for swimming. If you have higher percentage of body fat, you won’t need as much support, and might be better off with a thinner, less buoyant jogging belt, like the Wave Belt by Hydro-Fit.

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Water Gear Water Runner Flotation Belt Review

The Water Gear Water Runner Belt is a uniquely shaped flotation belt with a patented design that helps users maintain proper balance during deep water exercises, while challenging the core muscles simultaneously. It’s less bulky than other traditional jogging belts and is a favorite among experienced and beginner aqua aerobics exercisers alike.

Water Gear Water Runner Flotation Belt
Water Gear Belts are one of the most economical flotation belt options and are sized simply, according to weight.

For A Core-Focused Water Workout

The Water Runner jog belt sports a unique bone-like shape. The foam portion of the device is widest at each end and narrow in the middle. An adjustable woven belt, complete with safety buckle, runs through the foam and clips at the front of the body. Those who’ve used the Water Runner Belt love that the device is easy to put on and quick to adjust. The lightweight, yet durable, foam is thin enough to wrap comfortably around the waist, yet is thick enough to support the body in a vertical position. Many exercisers that tried the belt out were impressed with the Water Runner’s design which requires wearers to engage the core slightly to remain upright in the water. It’s slim design keeps you afloat without hampering arm movement whatsoever.

Sizing

In addition to being adjustable, the Water Gear belt is also available in 4 different sizes. Being able to choose between Extra Small (for 100lbs or less), Small (100lbs – 160lbs), Medium (160lbs – 220lbs) and Large (220lbs and up) gives users the chance to get a device that’s fully optimized for their workout needs.

For Swimmers, Too!

The Water Runner Belt is trusted by elite athletes and trainers all over the world. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete in order to enjoy this easy to use device. In fact, some users claim that the belt can even be used to aide beginner swimmers while they learn the basics of a stroke. The Water Gear Water Runner belt’s slim, balanced design supports the body from all sides. This helps new swimmers, and even non-swimmers, feel more comfortable and secure in the water. It is important to remember that the Water Runner Belt is not a lifesaving device and should not be used in place of experienced, adult supervision.

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AquaJogger Junior Flotation Belt Review

Manufactured in the USA by one of the most highly-regarded water exercise brands, the AquaJogger Junior Belt is a great choice for kids learning to swim. AquaJogger recommends the belt for ages 3-12, but some petite women can get away with a Junior belt as well. The AquaJogger Junior provides kids with a feeling of security and stability as they learn how to locomote through water.

AquaJogger Junior
This is the same belt I wore as a child. My parents referred to me as the “Jolly Jogger” because a huge smile would come over my face as soon as I was strapped in.

Extra-Buoyant For an Extra-Secure Feeling

It’s made from thick foam (about 2″ thick), making it one of the most buoyant kid’s flotation belts available. It’s great for more timid children because it gives excellent full body flotation, while providing a sense of physical stability and mental support to a learning child.

Remember: No flotation belt is meant to serve as a life-saving device and you should never rely on one as such. Never leave a child unattended in a belt. If you need a life-saving device that will keep your child’s head above water, look for a life jacket with a Level 1 or Level 2 rating.

For Swimming, Floating & Playing

The AquaJogger Junior can be used for children beginning to swim on their front, and for those learning to float on their back. Unlike bulky life jackets, which can restrict torso and arm movement (not to mention ride up uncomfortably around the neck) the junior belt leaves a child’s arms free to practice upper body skills. And, because the belt sits at the body’s fulcrum point (the waist), the legs and head are in a more natural position than most children can achieve without a flotation aide. Above all, the AquaJogger Junior Belt boosts childrens’ confidence in their swimming skills and diminishes unfounded fear of water.

Comfy & Reliable

The junior belt is soft to the touch and lays comfortably against swimsuits and bare skin. The adjustable belt fits children ages 3 to 12 and, most importantly, won’t ride up or slip while in the water, when fitted properly. While the AquaJogger Junior Belt does provide a good deal of support in the water, it’s important for any parent or adult supervisor to remember that it does not take the place of adult supervision or a life-saving device.

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AquaZulu Flotation Belt by Zulu Fitness Systems

AquaZulu Belt

Manufactured in the USA by Zulu Fitness Systems, the AquaZulu flotation belt is a hardy vinyl-coated belt that offers excellent buoyancy when compared to its peers. The balanced design helps the wearer to maintain an upright position while jogging, walking, or “aerobicizing.” The vinyl design resists denting and can be easily repaired at home with sealant purchased from a hardware store.

One Beautiful Belt; Myriad Uses

Folks from all walks of life love the Zulu Belt for its versatility. It’s primarily designed for water exercise. Many high-level athletes rely on the AquaZulu for cross-training or for maintaining muscle and cardiovascular health when injuries arise. But this jog belt is not just for athletic purposes. Aquatic therapy practitioners utilize this belt during patient sessions to combat troubling diseases like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s, etc. Moreover, recreational swimmers benefit from a little extra support, and snorkelers often use the belt for extra peace of mind in the open ocean. But, it should be remembered that no flotation belt is meant to be a life-saving device and you should never rely on one for life-saving purposes.

Where to Buy

At this time, the AquaZulu is sold solely by AquaGear Swim Shop. Fortunately, they ship worldwide and offer facility discounts for schools, community pools, etc.

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4 Water Exercises to Refresh Your Routine

Are you new to water aerobics? An old pro looking to spice up your current workout? Either way, you’ll want to strap on your water jogging belt and check out the under-utilized water exercises below:

Belted Jumping Jacks

For Elevating Your Heart Rate

Not only can you use your flotation belt to jog, but you can perform deep water ‘jacks’ as well. Jumping jacks are a great way to keep your heart rate elevated when you’re burned out from water jogging. Just like on dry land, swing your legs out in a wide V stance and throw your hands up to the surface of the water. Return back to starting position in a forceful, rapid motion. Remember: if your arms are above the water, you’re not benefitting from the water’s added resistance.

Side Step

For Improved Balance and Coordination

Instead of sticking with a stale forward or backward movement, try incorporating some side stepping into your next workout. Pretend that you’re stepping over a big hurdle just to your right. Move one way all the way down the pool before switching sides, or mix it up by jumping back and forth over imaginary hurdles on your left and right side, alternatively.

High Knees/Butt Kicks

For Long, Shapely Legs

Changing the position of your legs and knees can make your normal water jogging workout feel brand new. Next time you’re in the water, try lifting your knees high for a miliary-style water run. Or, work the opposite side of your legs by kicking your buttocks with each leg movement. Each of these easy-to-adjust alternatives gives you a more exciting, more challenging workout.

Slalom Crunch

For Toning Your Core

At the end of a cardio session, mix in a few ab exercises for a full body workout. For the slalom crunch, tuck your knees towards your chest. Then, with a purposeful movement, straighten your legs out to one side of your body. Bring your knees back, and straighten them to the other side. The movement will resemble skiing down a giant slalom and will build core strength in no time.

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Types of Flotation Belts

Flotation belts have multiple uses, and therefore come in multiple varieties. Belts can be used for swimming technique improvement, buoyancy and sometimes even for peace of mind in the water. There are three main types of flotation belts: high-backed belts, evenly distributed belts, and high-front belts. All three belt types are typically made of flexible EVA foam, while the style of the belt determines its function.

AquaJogger Classic Belt
The AquaJogger Classic Belt features a high back and will lean the user forward toward the water’s surface.

AquaJogger belts (and other similar models) provide a large amount of back support, which promotes proper spinal alignment. By pushing the swimmer forward in the water, they require engagement of the core muscles in order for the user to remain upright. These belts are best for swimmers looking to improve posture and strengthen their core.

Wave Belts and other long, tapered belts have the simplest design. Belts with foam that is evenly distributed around the waist balance buoyancy around the torso, allowing for an easier vertical position. These types of flotation belts are best for fearful users and those wishing to avoid core engagement for various reasons.

Water Gear Water Runner Flotation Belt
The Water Gear Water Runner Belt features frontal foam for an easy leaned-back position.

On the other hand, belts like the Water Gear Water Runner belt provide more foam toward the front and sides of the body, encouraging a relaxed position and relieving stress on the lower back. These belts are great for elderly or weaker individuals who are looking for comfort and ease of use.

No matter the style, all flotation belts provide support and stability in the water. Whether you are looking to change up your swim workout or to find comfort when walking in the water, there is a flotation belt style to suit your need.

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Flotation Belt Care Guide

If you’re an avid water aerobics exerciser, then you already know how important your flotation belt is to your workout routine. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to perform all those heart-pounding, deep water exercises that make water aerobics so effective. To keep your belt going as strong as you, follow the flotation belt care guide below.

Aqua Sphere Ergo Belt

Always Rinse

Though flotation belts are typically made from durable materials, chlorine and salt water are highly corrosive to all types of workout gear. That’s why it’s extremely important to rinse your jog belt immediately after every pool session. Simply rinse your belt off with fresh water for a few seconds and you’re good to go.

Fully Dry

Equally as important as rinsing, allowing your flotation belt to dry completely helps keep it looking and working its best. If you’re headed home in the car, you can towel dry the belt. Or, if you’re using your own home pool, just give it an ample amount of time to air dry in a dark, well-ventilated location. Mesh swim gear bags, which allow for adequate air flow, make it easy for you to dry your flotation belt while on the go.

Protect from the Sun

Just as the sun’s rays can harm your skin’s outer layer, the sun is also damaging to the outer layer of a flotation belt. As soon as you’re out of the water, it’s important to keep your flotation belt away from direct sunlight to avoid flaking and color loss. Be sure to store the device in a shaded, moderate temperature environment.

Adults Only

Kids are prone to the idea that flotation belts are fun pool toys, which is why you might want to keep your belt in an adult-access-only location. Although they mean no harm, young children can easily damage an expensive flotation belt by bending, twisting, or (their favorite move) biting the foamy material.

Keep Separate

The final step to take to keep your flotation belt looking and feeling as new as possible is to store it flat and separately from other swim gear. This will reduce the occurrence of dents and chips in the material and allow it to be stay flexible and puncture free.

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Hydro-Fit Wave Belt Review

Hydro-Fit Wave Belt
The Wave Belt by Hydro-fit is ideal for novice swimmers and water exercisers with weaker core muscles. The Wave Belt provides even buoyancy for an effortless upright position.

Hydro-Fit knows that you shouldn’t mess with a good thing. Their Classic Wave Belt, a traditional jog belt with no added bells or whistles, continues to please aqua aerobics exercisers worldwide. If you’re in the market for a solid, comfortable flotation belt to keep you easily upright, check out my review of the Hydro-Fit Wave Belt below.

Made with soft EVA foam, the Wave belt is flexible enough to hug the curves of the waist and conform to the natural shape of the body. In fact, the pliable foam means that this belt will further adapt to its owners individual body shape with time. The foam is soft enough on the skin, and simultaneously durable enough to withstand a vigorous water jogging workout. Available in small, medium, and large options, the Hydro-Fit Wave Belt gives every water jogger the chance to get a customized fit that won’t ride or chafe.

Not only does the material perform well in the water, but it also dries quickly when out of the water. Because the foam material is closed-cell, it won’t soak up water, but will simply allow the water to “roll off.” This quick-drying feature means that your Hydro-Fit belt will last longer than other, water-logging workout equipment.

Rather than just supporting your back with extra foam, as many other designs do, the Hydro-Fit Wave Belt’s foam is evenly distributed, making it easier to stay vertical during your workout. The added buoyancy is ideal for deep water exercisers, but can even allow timid swimmers to feel more secure. The Classic Wave Belt also features a quick release buckle and adjustable strap, so you can easily share the belt with a spouse or friend.

All in all, the Hydro-Fit Wave Belt does exactly what I asked of it. I gave it high scores for its stay-put power (as most belts tend to ride up) and its versatility since this belt is one of the only to allow users to swim horizontally as well as exercise in a vertical position.

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