Best Water Punching Bag Reviewed and Tested

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Advantages of Water Punching Bags

Let me explain, partner. You and me both know there are traditional heavy bags out there, and these are filled with everything, but not water. See, traditional heavy punching bags are usually filled with either a hard fill, or a soft fill. The actual difference when punching isn’t that great though. While a heavy bag filled with a hard fill can be almost unyielding and feel like punching a tree, or a bag of cement, the bags filled with softer fills would still feel unnatural to the touch. I mean, to the punch. They’ll allow for more yield than a hard heavy bag, but not much. And, needless to say, punching these kinds of bags will put a lot of strain on your arms, hands, and knuckles. It often happens that a fighter will injure themselves by punching too hard, or at a slightly off angle. Heavy bags filled with solids are unforgiving. But also unnatural. (What to expect from punching a bag filled with sand?)

A Natural Feel

And this is where the water heavy water punching bag enters the ring. It feels the most natural by far, punching wise. Why? Because it is made up of almost 80-90% of water. Sounds familiar? It should, because… (ring ring)… a human being is made up of almost 80% water. We are, in a sense, water filled punching bags! however as funny as that may sound, it is still true. Punching a bag filled with water will feel as close as you can get to punching your opponent in the boxing ring. Or MMA, kickboxing, or Muay Thai ring – water punching bags are excellent training tools whatever your fighting discipline is. But enough of biology, let’s try some physics.

Hydraulics, or: Less Recoil, Less Swinging

Have you ever heard of hydraulics? You know, the branch of engineering science that deals with the study and harnessing of the physical properties of liquids in movement? Liquids here, of course, most often refers to actual water. You know all those massive cranes, river gates, dams and hydraulic pumps in trucks, tanks, excavation machines and intercontinental ballistic missile launchers? Guess what – they’re powered thanks to water and its magic hydraulic properties. So what does this mean for your hands, and punching a water heavy bag, actually?

More Safety

It means that your hands won’t get crushed like bugs under a truck whenever you punch the water bag. Instead, water will exhibit its natural hydraulic properties, transfer the pressure from your punch all within the volume it takes up in the bag, and come up with a radial and uniform “recoil” against your hand. Of course, by that time your hand is well away, so you experience no actual damage on your hand. Additionally, this means one more thing: that a water punching bag will not swing so much like other heavy bags, thereby allowing you to launch more punches in a quick succession, and waste almost no time waiting for the heavy bag to swing back to you. Plus, a water bag will weigh as much as you want it to. Water bags can be filled in different amounts, so you can customize its weight – you can make it light as a feather or heavy like a sumo wrestler.

Cheaper, Takes Less Space

And finally, there is some additional benefits which may not seem apparent on first sight. First, because they’re actually just empty bags when you order them, shipping and delivery rates for water bags are much cheaper than those for pre-filled heavy bags, due to the (much) lighter size of the package. Secondly, there is also the benefit of saving space and the ability to store them. While a punching bag filled with sand or other solid material will have to take up a lot of space when stored away, a water heavy bag can just be emptied, flattened, and stored away. An empty water bag will take up 10 times less space, or even less, compared to a heavy solid bag!

Wrap Up

A’ight, let’s summarize. Advantages of water punching bags are as follows:

  • Feels more natural to the punch,
  • Safer training in general with lessened risk of hand injury,
  • Less waiting for the bag to swing back (water bags almost never swing, even at super hard hits!)
  • Customizable weight
  • Cheaper delivery due to lighter package
  • Easier set-up at home or in your gym
  • Takes up less space when stored

It needs to be remembered though, that water heavy bags possess all these benefits without taking away from any aspect of the actual training! You lose nothing, yet gain all of the above. That being said, let’s take a look at what’s on offer on the market right now.

Read on for the best water heavy bags on the market! I’ll help you choose, I promise.

10 Best Heavy Water Punching Bags

 

1. Century Tidal Wave HydroCore Heavy Bag

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Century are trying to combine the best of both worlds here, and they succeed, but only to a certain extent. The Tidal Wave HydroCore is neither a real water heavy bag, nor a solid heavy one, but a combination of both. It looks like a solid heavy bag, but don’t let appearances fool you – its shape is owed to a thick layer of foam wrapped around a hard plastic container which you fill with water (“hydrocore”). This is all dressed in quality vinyl, but there are some problems with this bag. When the foam layer is still new, the bag bounces – a bit too much, according to some customers. But when the foam layer gives way, the punches hit the plastic core directly, which absorbs the impacts and creates much less swing. The downside is however, that the central water core can leak, since it’s made of hard plastic. Another downside is the potential emptying of the hydrocore – if you hang this bag, it will be heavy to take off the hook and lay on the ground to empty the water tank. Needs a hose, a ladder and supervision when filling up and emptying. Regarding actual training performance, though, this is a good bag! Punching feels fun and quick, much better than traditional heavy bags, but not as good as genuine water heavy bags. Century has made a bag for a special niche here – and it works.

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Hybrid Design

This one combines the looks and dynamics of a heavier model filled with solids, with some of the practicalities of water punching bags. Best for those wanting something in the middle.

Features:
  • Choice of weights and sizes
  • Durable vinyl outer shell
  • Foam layer with water core
  • Black and yellow design
  • Variable weight system

  • Price/Value

    Not bad value for the price – this is, pretty much, a good heavy bag, and will take a lot of punishment. It loses points on being impractical to set up, maintain and fill/empty however. If you’re a fan of DIY engineering, this will be a pro to you!
    Pros
    • Innovative solution
    • Feels good when punching
    • Adjustable swing behavior
    • Light package
    • A good middle ground for many customers
    Cons
    • Difficult to set up
    • Difficult to fill and empty
    • Can leak

    2. Century Wavemaster XXL Training Bag

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    Another innovative solution from Century, trying to push the envelope. In general, this bag does its job, but due to its design it has its limitations. Basically, the body of the bag is filled with neither water nor sand, but with a thick high density foam that, admittedly, can take a long and hard beating. What is filled with water (or sand, if you prefer) is the base of the bag. Assembly is then fairly simple – you fill the base with the substance or material of your choice, and then you screw in the body of the bag down to the base. And, while most punches feel okay, stronger punches or kicks will move the bag, make it slide on the floor or will completely topple over. Not a good replacement for a heavy bag, and not the best iteration of a water bag either. Best suited for teenagers or beginners, since their hits won’t affect this bag’s stability too much.

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    Innovative Design

    This pick is actually made of two bags – a body, and a base. The body is made up of high endurance, high density foam, and the base can be filled with sand or water. The heavier the base, the more stable the body. Does it always work though? That would depend on your super ninja skills! If you manage to topple this bag over – you leveled up.

    Features:

  • Extra-large martial arts training bag with high-quality striking surface
  • Durable vinyl cover and high-density foam fill is tough yet forgiving
  • Low-profile base and ultra-stable weight distribution
  • Fills with either sand or water; weighs roughly 270 pounds when filled
  • Stands 69 inches tall and measures a full 18 inches in diameter

  • Price/Value

    Most customers are very satisfied with this heavy bag, but keep in mind – it’s not the most ordinary solution, and you may not find it to your liking. If you need something unconventional though – go for it!
    Pros
    • Innovative solution
    • Suitable for fighters who prefer movement
    • Easy to set up
    • Durable
    Cons
    • Can move around a lot, depending on your strength­

    3. MaxxMMA Water/Air Punching Kit

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    MaxxMMA is what we could call, relatively, an underdog in this market, but this product definitely made us curious. Sharing the same goals as Century, MaxxMMA have tried to create a hybrid solution that will satisfy both solid heavy bag enthusiasts and water heavy bag aficionados. And it has to be said – this bag succeeds. While sharing some of the problems as well (like the finicky fill up mechanisms), this bag actually provides a better “punching a human being” feel than the previous products. The trick is in the different internal design of the bag – instead of having just one long, hard plastic reservoir, this bag by MaxxMMA has several smaller water and air reservoirs that you can fill depending on your specific needs. The outer layer is of course, made of a patented high density foam, but when you punch this bag, the reservoirs inside will sometimes move a little, simulating the sense of punching a real human opponent. Build quality is decent as well, and get this – if you order a bag, you get a set of gloves, handwraps, a heavy bag cushion wrap and a jump rope for free. Nifty, eh?

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    Close to Punching a Real Human

    There’s innovative design, and innovative design. Same words, different implementation! This bag implements innovation in a good way – we can say that it offers a decent feeling of punching a real life opponent. Good job.

    Cool Extras

    The promotional package includes the essential extras – a set of gloves, handwraps, and a jumprope. So if you wanna do some fighting training, just order this bag and you’re all set!

    Features:

  • Exclusive patented design and MaxxMMA SOFTSTRIKE™ Tech
  • Long 5 Feet length, and adjustable weight from 70 to 140 lbs
  • Promotional package includes Washable Heavy Bag Gloves size L/XL,
  • Jump rope, heavy bag cushion wrap and 1 Pair of Hand Wraps 180" Length in random color.
  • 3-year guarantee on the inner-tube!
  • Our patented Water/Air Bladder combined with our MaxxMMA SOFTSTRIKE TM technology allows the user to experience the simulated feeling of punching a real human being and not just a bag of sand! 

  • Price/Value

    Excellent value for the money. Especially when we consider all the extras… Recommended.
    Pros
    • Customizable weight
    • Feels more like punching a human than a bag
    • Generous extras: gloves, handwraps, jumprope
    • Decent build quality
    Cons
    • May not be for everyone

    4. Century Aerobic Wavemaster

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    A slightly smaller, lighter version than the Wavemaster, the Aerobic Wavemaster contains all you need to know in its name. Smaller, lighter, and mainly intended for more aerobic than punching, it is a punching bag first and foremost intended for women (or, at least those who are into aerobic exercises or lighter punching). The body is made of high density, quality foam, while the base is hollow and can be filled with either sand or water, at your discretion. Still though, the design problems make themselves apparent here as well – the bag can move depending on your strength. So, while it may not be suitable for stronger people, overall, it does its job quite well.

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    Innovative Design

    Yet not too different from other Century hybrid solutions. While it works excellently for some people, it’s not a good fit for others.

    Features:

  • Size: Bag 10.5" Diameter X 40" Tall; Base diameter-22"
  • Weight: Approx. 170lbs when filled
  • Colors: Blue and Black

  • Price/Value

    If you’re into heavier stuff, there are better options. However, this is a fairly affordable bag, so it’s not a bad value for the money if you’re looking for some medium to light punching exercise.
    Pros
    • Easy to set up
    • Good build quality 
    Cons
    • It’s not heavy, so can move around

    5. Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag

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    Everlast take a shot at making a hybrid heavy bag model, and… well, it’s a mixed bag (pun intended). The body of the bag is made up of a hollow plastic canister wrapped in a foam, then wrapped in durable vinyl. It’s cylinder shaped, and fairly small, because it’s elevated on a middle column flexibly attached to the base of the bag (Everlast call this “Omniflex” technology). The base can be filled with either water or sand for stability. Overall, the bag is easy to assemble, and it generally does the job well. It can slide, but very little, but this is because the column takes the brunt of the force when you punch. This can sometimes result in breaking the column, as some customers report.

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    Innovative Design

    But does it work well? This will vary according to your specific needs. It’s a nice little bag that can be moved around easily and stored behind the door.

    Features:

  • Fully assembled bag with high grade shock absorbing foam striking surface.
  • Nevatear outer shell provides lasting durability and functionality.
  • Omniflex neck allows for maximum impact absorption and reduced base movement.
  • Low-profile base design allows for punches, kicks, and knee strikes.
  • Approx. 130lbs when filled with water, 67" tall @ highest setting.

  • Price/Value

    Overall, good value for the money. This is an affordable bag and a good match for beginners or occasional fighters.
    Pros
    • Easy to assemble
    • Easy to move around the house
    • Can take a beating
    Cons
    • Some structural weaknesses can break

    6. MaxxMMA Training & Fitness Heavy Bag

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    Basically, this is a heavy-duty version of the lighter MaxxMMA bag we featured above, and it does the job well. Very well, we could say. Here, we find again the “Give Feel” technology featured in the previous heavy bag, which makes this bag feel like a human taking a beating when you punch it (we mean an opponent in the ring, of course!) Build quality is very good as well, and the inner bladder (which can be filled with water) are protected by a solid layer of thick foam. It is worth noting that MaxxMMA provide a 3-year warranty on the inner rubber bladder, so you should really not worry. The wrapping is also made well, and can withstand a lot of beating.

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    Give Feel

    It’s a simple design but it works – the inner bladders of this bag will slightly move after you punch it hard, and provide a sensation of dealing with a real human opponent during exercise.

    3 Year Warranty

    The title says it all, but let us clarify. The warranty applies to the inner rubber bladders. Arguably, this is the most important part of the bag and the warranty is impressive, but it wouldn’t hurt if the warranty covered other parts as well.

    Features:

  • Ideal for 4 different workouts mode: Heavy bag mode, Fitness mode, Uppercut bag mode, MMA dummy ground training mode
  • This bag is perfect for grappling, throwing, training, fitness and MMA ground and pound
  • Water/Air combined Bladder allows the user to experience the simulated feeling of punching a real human being and not just a bag of sand!
  • The bag also forces you to retain your balance while doing exercises which work your core, abdominal and overall balance.
  • Weight adjustable weight from 20 to 120 lbs

  • Price/Value

    The pick is very affordable, at least for its size. Recommended!
    Pros
    • Feels like punching a human
    • Can take a lot of beating
    • Easy to set up
    • 3-year warranty on the rubber bladder
    Cons
    • The outer layer can feel a bit chafing, so use gloves

    7. Aqua Punching Bag

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    As the name of the company would tell you – it alludes to water (Aqua). And, well, this is as genuine a water heavy bag as it can get. It’s basically one big rubber bladder that you hang from the ceiling and fill with water. That is the correct order for setting up this heavy bag – first you hang it on something capable of sustaining a lot of weight, and then, and only then, you actually fill it. Do it that way and you’ll spare yourself a lot of problems. That being said… that’s pretty much it. This is a very simple bag and very effective. It is also very durable – you could smash it with a baseball bat and chances are the baseball bat will break first! So, go softie on your hands. This bag can take a beating. If you’re into dishing out some beating, jump in!

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    Ball Design

    Aqua Training Bag are going for minimalism in their design, which lends to (perhaps unsurprisingly) training effectiveness. After being filled, the bags assume an almost perfectly spherical shape, which opens the way for practicing some innovative punches.

    Color Schemes

    Another pro. Rarely a company does this, but I find Aqua Training Bag’s color schemes (and titles, like Fireball, Blood Red etc.) very charming and cool. The bags basically look like huge, colorful marbles. Great!

    Features:

  • 21 Inch, 190 Pound Punching Bag (15 Pounds When Shipped)
  • For Experienced & Novice Fighters - Improves Punching Power, Agility, Flexibily and Accuracy While Easier on Joints
  • Tested by MMA Experts, Boxing Professionals and Novice Boxers Around the World
  • Multipurpose - Designed for Indoor and Outdoor Use for Commercial Gyms or Home Gyms
  • Durable and Long Lasting - No Hard Spots or Settling - Backed by a 2-Year Warranty

  • Price/Value

    Great value for the money considering the ease of use and the hardcore durability of the material. Please note however, that, while it comes with a good hook, you’ll still need to buy a chain.
    Pros
    • Highly durable
    • Customizable weight
    • Doesn’t swing
    • 2-year warranty
    • Cool color schemes
    Cons
    • Can feel too hard for some

    CONCLUSION

    As with everything in life, really, you’ll need to make the final call, depending on your needs. From heavy duty water punching bags, to lighter, aerobic style ones, the choices are many, and I believe you’ll find your best fit. These are some of the best water heavy bags available out there, so chances are you’ll spend some quality exercise time whichever you choose! So, until next time. And now, let’s put those gloves on and play some Eye of the Tiger…