The AquaBLAST® Story
It started as a plastic milk jug...
My aquatic journey began on a softball field in Ohio. It was the sixth inning, a tie game, and a man on first base. The batter hit a screaming line drive into right field and the runner took off for home. The ball bounced into my glove, I reared back, and threw an incredible game saving out at home plate – I WISH. In fact, the ball barely travelled 50 feet and I was "thrown out" by a season-ending rotator cuff injury.
My doctor advised aquatic therapy for my recovery, so I began a daily workout in my backyard pool using lightweight pool noodles and foam dumbbells. The foam was far from satisfactory — I wanted to lift actual weights in the swimming pool.
I started experimenting with plastic milk jugs and realized they made great kettle bells and resistance weights when filled with pool water. Each gallon jug provided eight pounds of weight and were a more effective way to strengthen my shoulder.
My lightbulb moment...
...happened when I punched a milk jug as it floated in the pool one day. I discovered that the water-filled jug was flexible enough for punching and kicking, and the pool water created resistance, allowing me to punch and kick the jug without injury. I then combined water, air, and a small weight to stabilize the jug, which allowed it to float in a neutrally buoyant position underwater. Not satisfied with a milk jug, I continued tinkering and eventually designed a
prototype made from stuff I found at a hardware store. With a working prototype in hand, I filed for a utility patent and now have been issued three patents on the device.
AquaBLAST officially launched in July 2020 and launched on Amazon in August 2020. AquaBLAST has been recognized by the Aquatic Exercise Association, Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute as well as numerous experts in the field of aquatic fitness and therapy as an innovative product.
I have two exciting new products planned for late 2021 and first quarter 2022.
AquaBLAST 20L (Mini).
The 20-liter version is smaller than the original AquaBLAST bag, and redesigned inside and out – literally! The AquaBLAST 20L (projected release Jan 2022) is easier to handle and sets up in only 30 seconds, plus I have made several design changes. The 20L allows weight adjustments from 0-40 pounds in seconds, making the bag suitable for weaker clients. The 20L needs a few final touches before it is scheduled for production with the factory. Look for the 20L release in early 2022.
AquaBLAST Suction Tether
I am also working with a German researcher that developed a high-tech suction cup that sticks to many rough and uneven pool floors underwater using the Clingfish Effect. The powerful bio-inspired suction cup, when combined with an adjustable tether cord, creates a portable platform for AquaBLAST in 3-5 feet of water. The suction tether's main purpose is to prevent AquaBLAST from drifting away. Land a punch or kick, and the bag quickly pulls itself back into position for non-stop kickboxing action. The tethering system will make group aqua kickboxing classes a reality and provide new ways to work out and have fun in the water (projected release – late 2021).
Strength in Water®
RomaQuatics, our parent company, literally means Strength in Water®. The name is derived from: Roma, which is Greek for strength (ῥώμη), and Aquatics for water.
Our mission is to create portable aquatic fitness gear that promotes strength, fitness, and conditioning in water regardless of age or physical limitations.
As a US Army Veteran, my vision is to donate a portion of profits to wounded veteran and first responder programs. This charitable component is still in early planning, but my heart is set on it. I believe AquaBLAST will increase the quality of life for our hero veterans and first responders that have been injured in the line of duty.
Dive in and Start Working Out in Water
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.
Aquatic exercise is well known for reducing muscle and joint stress and eases the pounding your body absorbs from land-based activities like tennis, running, boxing, and treadmills. Water provides a near 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 submersion actually lowers your heart rate.
AquaBlastFit is rethinking how you work out in water, and instead of dancing, we're BLASTING!
Rob Magrino | CEO & Founder | US Army Veteran
AEA Certified Aquatic Fitness Professional