Best Water Punching Bag Reviewed and Tested
Hello there champion, we meet again! FightingReport has been your faithful companion on your journey to greatness, and today isn’t much different – a new challenge awaits. Namely, that of picking the best heavy punching bag. But not just any heavy bag – we’re focusing on the best water heavy bag today. I can almost hear you ask, “But why? Why choose a water heavy bag, specifically?”
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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?
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!
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
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.
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!
- Innovative solution
- Feels good when punching
- Adjustable swing behavior
- Light package
- A good middle ground for many customers
- Difficult to set up
- Difficult to fill and empty
- Can leak
2. Century Wavemaster XXL Training Bag
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.
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!
- Innovative solution
- Suitable for fighters who prefer movement
- Easy to set up
- Can move around a lot, depending on your strength
3. MaxxMMA Water/Air Punching Kit
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.
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!
Excellent value for the money. Especially when we consider all the extras… Recommended.
- Customizable weight
- Feels more like punching a human than a bag
- Generous extras: gloves, handwraps, jumprope
- Decent build quality
- May not be for everyone
4. Century Aerobic Wavemaster
Yet not too different from other Century hybrid solutions. While it works excellently for some people, it’s not a good fit for others.
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.
- Easy to set up
- Good build quality
- It’s not heavy, so can move around
5. Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag
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.
Overall, good value for the money. This is an affordable bag and a good match for beginners or occasional fighters.
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to move around the house
- Can take a beating
- Some structural weaknesses can break
6. MaxxMMA Training & Fitness Heavy Bag
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.
The pick is very affordable, at least for its size. Recommended!
- Feels like punching a human
- Can take a lot of beating
- Easy to set up
- 3-year warranty on the rubber bladder
- The outer layer can feel a bit chafing, so use gloves
7. Aqua Punching Bag
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.
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!
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.
- Highly durable
- Customizable weight
- Doesn’t swing
- 2-year warranty
- Cool color schemes
- Can feel too hard for some
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…