The AquaBLAST® Story
It started as a plastic milk jug...
My aquatic journey began on a baseball field in Ohio. It was the sixth inning, a tie game, and a runner on first base. The opposing team’s batter smashed a screaming line drive into right field. I caught the ball on a hop, reared back, and threw it to make an incredible game saving play at home plate – I WISH. In fact, the ball barely travelled 50 feet as searing shoulder pain abruptly ended my season.
My doctor diagnosed a torn rotator cuff and he recommended low-impact aquatic conditioning to help with recovery. Soon after, my backyard pool became an aqua-gym and I began a daily aquatic exercise routine to rehab my shoulder. I used foam dumbbells and noodles with great success, however, the lightweight foam did not satisfy my desire to lift and move actual weights while in the pool.
That’s when I took a couple of milk jugs and filled them with pool water. Each one-gallon jug weighed eight pounds, and the handles made them easy to grip for swinging and lifting exercises. The milk jugs were cheap and effective, and doubled as kettlebells out of the water.
My lightbulb moment
One day I drained some water from the jugs and discovered that air trapped inside caused the jugs to float, but mostly underwater, and so I added a small weight to stabilize the jug. This caused the milk jug to flip upside down. Out of curiosity, I struck the underwater jug with my fist and discovered it was flexible enough for punching and kicking and the surrounding pool water helped cushion my blows.
Curiosity led me to find softer materials and different components, which led to multiple design changes, until I had a working prototype to prove my underwater punching bag concept worked. Before I knew it, I had cobbled together a prototype of an "underwater striking bag device" (the Big Red Tomato) from materials found at the hardware store – (and lots of glue), and AquaBLAST® was born!
I spent 3 years going nowhere with my idea until I met Hrag Nassanian, a former Nike soft-goods designer (https://www.ignitionspring.com). Hrag helped bring my idea to life through his industry knowledge, design expertise, and just common sense. After multiple iterations, AquaBLAST went into production and was released in July 2020. Hrag is now a great friend and mentor. Thanks buddy!
AquaBLAST® has changed the way people workout in water -- and redefines "water aerobics". We continue to look to improve and innovate and plan to introduce AquaBLAST Mini, a smaller version of AquaBLAST and the Pool Tethering System during the summer of 2021. Stay tuned.
AquaBLAST is a portable punching bag and exercise device for swimming pools and swim spas. It floats at equilibrium with the surrounding water and incorporates water resistance, drag, and weight to provide you with a full-body, low-impact workout unlike any other aquatic exercise equipment - plus it's fun! A well-placed punch or kick produces a THUMP sound, plus you can go full ninja and land some amazing flying kicks!
AquaBLAST is portable so it's ideal to take with you to the pool, to fitness centers, and on vacation; it sets up in a minute using swimming pool water and empties out just as fast. Just empty the water and store it in the carry bag when you are done.
Aquatic exercise is well known for reducing muscle and joint stress and easing the pounding your body absorbs from activities like tennis, running, boxing, and treadmills. Water provides a nearly weightless environment to perform a wide range of movements without the stress on muscles, joints, and ligaments. Water also cools your body so you can work out longer and recover faster, plus water actually lowers your heart rate.
Strength in Water®
RomaQuatics, our parent company, is derived from two words: Roma, which is Greek for strength (ῥώμη), and Aquatics for water. Our company name literally means Strength in Water®, our slogan. We believe AquaBLAST can deliver a unique way to stay fit -- and have fun -- in water.
AquaBlastFit is dedicated to creating portable aquatic exercise gear that promotes strength, fitness, and conditioning in water regardless of age or physical limitations.
Whether you are training for competition, recovering from injury, participating in group exercise or want to burn off steam, our low-impact aquatic exercise bags and accessories provide upper body, lower body, and core conditioning using the therapeutic benefits of water resistance.
AquaBLAST® is protected by three U.S. Patents. Punch, kick, lift, and throw your way into shape and have an Aqua-BLAST!
Rob Magrino | CEO & Founder | US Army Veteran
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