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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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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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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Speedo Hydro Resistant Jog Belt Review

The Speedo Hydro Resistant Jog Belt is a comfortable, fabric-covered water jogging belt that’s outfitted with powerful anti-slip ridges to resist riding up during exercise. It’s a one-size-fits-all belt that’s best for average-large waists and provides evenly distributed buoyancy for an easy, upright position. Here’s the consensus on this flotation belt, both in and out of the water:

Speedo Hydro Resistant Jog Belt
Featuring anti-slip silicone, 3D mesh for quick drainage, and a sleek silver & red design, this Speedo Flotation belt is ideal for average-waisted and larger users.

Able to accommodate waist sizes up to 56”, this flotation belt comes standard with a fully adjustable, woven belt and buckle system. The soft mesh-covered foam, along with the strategically placed silicone pads, prevents slippage and conforms to most body types comfortably.

The Speedo Hydro Resistant Jog Belt can easily be used for deep water exercises, aqua aerobics classes, and of course, water jogging. It’s buoyant enough to support nearly any body type – save for the very lean – and comfortably holds the wearer upright in a natural, unrestricted position. Because of this, users are able to carry out full-body exercises without being hindered by the belt whatsoever.

If you plan on using the Hydro Resistant Jog belt on a weekly (or even daily) basis, rejoice! This Speedo flotation belt is complete with a quick drying design. Unlike traditional foam buoyancy belts, the Speedo Hydro-Resistant belt is “upholstered” with a unique 3D mesh. This outer covering allows for better drainage, speeds up dry time, and keeps the belt more securely in place during use. Water aerobics participants who travel often will be pleased with the belt’s fairly compact size and quick dry-time.

One of the only downsides to the Speedo Hydro-Resistant Jog Belt is that it fails to adjust small enough to fit petite users snugly. Smaller-waisted folks would be better off with a sized belt, rather than this one-size-fits-all option.

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AquaJogger Belts Compared

The AquaJogger is a supportive flotation belt with many uses including fitness, training and therapy purposes. AquaJogger jog belts are designed to suspend your body at shoulder level in the water. These flotation belts give you the opportunity to perform typical land-based activities under water – such as jogging or even cross-country skiing. AquaJogger belts offer a safe alternative to harsh land-based activities by reducing impact on the joints and increasing resistance on the muscles.

Myriad factors can affect how buoyant a person is in the water, including body fat percentage and muscle density. A person with a lower body fat percentage will tend to sink, and therefore may need a swim belt with extra buoyancy. Someone who is pregnant or has a higher body fat percentage will not need that same high degree of buoyancy from their belt, but may need more lower back support. Thankfully, there are numerous models of AquaJogger belts to accommodate everyone’s needs – such as the Classic, Fit, Pro and more. The design of your AquaJogger determines its function, so choosing the correct belt is important in order to get the most out of your aquatic exercise endeavour.

What’s the Difference?

AquaJogger Classic Belt
The AquaJogger Classic.

For “Average” Users

Although I’m sure you’re much more than average, these belts are suited to new users and those that fall in the “normal” body weight range.

For the average individual, the Classic belt for women and Pro belt for men are generally a great fit. The Pro belt is 30% more buoyant than the original Classic AquaJogger belt, accounting for men’s typically-lower body fat percentage. Both of these belts have a raised back arch which causes core muscles to engage, adding to your workout.

For Active Folks

The belts below are designed with maximum buoyancy and are shaped to contour athletic bodies.

For an athletic person with a lower body fat percentage, the Fit belt for women or Pro Plus belt for men are ideal choices. The Fit belt is generally designed for fit, short-waisted women. It has tapered sides for comfort around the hips and more buoyancy than the Classic belt. The Pro Plus is great for men with a very low body fat percentage and for others who tend to sink in the water. It is 50% more buoyant than the Classic belt. Like the Classic and Pro belts, the above models also engage core muscles for a better workout in the water.

For Larger Waistlines

AquaJogger Shape Belt
The AquaJogger Shape.

Designed for pregnancy and weight loss, the AquaJogger Shape relieves back pain and is designed to make vertical positioning easier.

For those whom have wider waists and/or higher body fat percentages, the Shape belt for women and the Shape Pro belt for men work well. They both evenly distribute buoyancy, and have a lower arch to assist in maintaining vertical posture in the water. These belts are also great for pregnant women and people suffering from lower back pain as they take pressure off of the back.

The Classic and Active belt are unisex, so anyone can choose to go this route if unsure about which belt to choose. The Classic is height and weight proportionate and therefore is extremely versatile. The Active has a nylon belt that does not stretch and is thought to be the most economical model for more active individuals.

For The Kids

You dare not leave them out! This belt is perfect for beginning swimmers.

The AquaJogger Junior belt is intended for children as a learn-to-swim aid, and is designed for anyone 90 pounds or under. It is great for helping children to feel more comfortable and independent in the water. Beyond that, the AquaJogger Jr. promotes proper alignment which can be highly beneficial to children in the early learning stages of swimming lessons.

While everyone’s body type is slightly different, AquaJogger has designed a wide range of swim belts to accommodate everyone’s needs. Whether you are an athlete looking to take your swim training to the next level, or are pregnant and looking to decrease your lower back pain, AquaJogger makes a belt for you. The next step is to choose which belt is right for you and enjoy taking control of your aquatic fitness!

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Speedo Aquatic Fitness Jog Belt Review

Speedo Aqua Fitness Jog Belt

With a simple, no-frills design the Speedo Aquatic Fitness Jog Belt provides the perfect companion for any and all water exercise enthusiasts. Thoroughly tested and simply uncomplicated, this Speedo belt is great for beginners and advanced participants alike. If you’re in the market for a quality flotation belt – one that bears the Speedo name and offers plenty of buoyancy – then you’ll want to get the facts straight about the Speedo Aquatic Fitness Jog Belt.

Full Support for Users A-Z

The Aquatic Fitness Jog Belt is ideal for just about any type of water-based workout. Whether you need a belt for deep water jogging, aqua aerobics, or rehabilitation purposes, this Speedo belt will lend plenty of support and keep you securely afloat. And, because the flotation belt lends so much buoyancy, it’s been noted as a great choice for users who don’t swim well or are fearful of the water. This reliable foundation allows users to easily keep their head above water without fear of slipping under. It’s also been suggested that the Aquatic Fitness Jog Belt is great for exercisers who suffer from back pain issues. The belt is able to support users from the back-side, which allows swimmers to better relax in the water and reduces back tension.

Besides being great for rehab and aqua aerobics use, those who have tried this Speedo belt love how comfortably the contoured sides fit around the waist. The belt is available in two different sizes: small/medium and large/extra large. It’s also important to note that some users find that the belt runs large. If you’re in between sizes, it’s a good idea to go with the smaller size for a better fit.

Don’t Let Chlorine Get the Best of It

The biggest complaint from users was that the material was quick to break down when not cared for properly. To keep your Speedo belt lasting as long as possible, it’s recommended that you thoroughly rinse your belt with fresh water and allow it to fully dry before storing. Because public pools typically have a higher chemical concentration, those using the belt at the YMCA or similar may find the belt breaking down more quickly. Following a simple care guide will ensure that your belt makes it through many-a-season.

Flotation belts are intended for water exercise purposes only. A flotation belt should never be relied on as a life-saving device and should be used at your own risk.

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Water Gear Aqua Trim Belt Review

Water Gear Aqua Trim Belt
The Water Gear Aqua Trim flotation belt provides an even distribution of buoyancy – making this belt ideal for seniors and those with weaker core muscles.

The Water Gear Aqua Trim Flotation Belt is a classically-styled & simple-to-use flotation device that keeps you comfortably supported during deep water exercises, or adds a bit of peace of mind to your swim. Water aerobics enthusiasts and cross training athletes worldwide have benefitted from this affordable flotation belt. See what makes this ‘better than expected’ workout device stand out from the rest.

Swimmers using the Water Gear Water Runner belt for aqua aerobics classes love the contoured fit which doesn’t impede arm movement like jumping jacks and cross-country skiing. The Aqua Trim Belt’s design sits just below the rib cage and just above the hips. Because of this fit, users were impressed with the belt’s ability to support their upper body without restricting range of motion, making it a perfect choice for aqua aerobics, deep water running, and rehabilitation purposes.

Of all the positive features the Water Gear Aqua Trim Belt delivers to users, it’s lumbar support is consistently one of the highest ranked features. While other flotation belts may pack buoyancy on to the front, sides, or back of the body, the Aqua Trim Flotation Belt fully surrounds the waist for 360 degrees of support. This means that you won’t be leaned forward or backwards during your workout. Instead, you’ll get easy-to-maintain vertical support – meaning that your head and neck will be kept well above water, without much extra effort on your part. Even non-swimmers who have taken to deep water rehab and aerobics put their trust in this belt because it assists the user in maintaining an upright position. For more experienced users, a belt with more foam toward the back – like the Speedo Aquatic Fitness Jog Belt – will lean the user forward thus, engaging the body’s postural muscles.

For an ideal fit, the Aqua Trim Flotation Belt is available in 3 different sizes. Users have noted that the medium size runs a tad small, so keep that in mind while shopping.

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