Looking for an aqua jogging belt for water running and water aerobics? Find the right one for you with our list of the best aqua jogging belts.
An aqua jogging belt is the perfect piece of water exercise equipment for taking your workouts in the pool to the next level.
Whether you want to take advantage of the long list of benefits of aqua jogging, use one for your next water aerobics class, or want a belt for working out in your backyard pool, an aqua jogging belt can help you do it safely and comfortably.
While the form and function of water jogging belts is relatively simple, there are a lot of different models and features on the market (or rather, on the pool deck).
With decades of experience at the pool, including plenty of time in the deep end aqua jogging thanks to nagging shoulder injuries from swimming, I’ve tried just about every water jogging belt under the sun.
In this guide, we will look at the best aqua belts on the market right now, including key features, who they are perfect for, and more.
Let’s jump right in.
AquaJogger Buoyancy Water Jogging Belt
⭐ Best overall aqua jogging belt
The most popular belt of water joggers, the Aquajogger Classic is the O.G.
Whether you are doing water aerobics or running, this belt provides lots of lumbar support to keep you upright and focused on crushing your workout. The belt doesn’t ride up when you are working out (provided you size it correctly, obviously) and is adjustable.
The Aquajogger Classic fits up to a 48” waist (straps up to 60” are also available separately), has a thickness of 1.5” (compared to the 2” for the Pro Plus below) and is recommended for women and lightweight men.
Sporti Fitness Swim Float Water Jogging Belt
⭐ Best budget-friendly aqua jogging belt
Made with a soft and chafe-free closed-cell foam, the Sporti Fitness Swim Float belt is a budget-friendly aqua belt that is comfortable.
An easy-to-close buckle keeps the belt secure as you float/run/exercise, the back of the belt is contoured for lower back support, and the durable foam doesn’t degrade after repeated exposure to chlorine and other pool chemicals.
Sporti—which is a low-cost swim brand that makes gear of comparable quality to bigger names—offers the belt in two size ranges (S/M and L/XL) and the belt comes in three different colors. (Sporti also makes some of our favorite water dumbbells.)
These water jogging belts are available exclusively through Swim Outlet (Sporti is their in-house brand). If you are looking for a budget-friendly belt for your aquatic workouts, and want ultimate flexibility in color options (the Sporti belt comes in three different colors), the Sporti Water Jogging Belt is an excellent option.
AquaJogger Pro Plus Belt
⭐ Best water jogging belt for “sinkers”
The Pro Plus provides additional buoyancy (50% more than the Classic Aquajogger belt), making it ideal for people who have large, muscular frames.
Not all of us have the ability to float easily in the water, and the Aquajogger Pro Plus is ideal for those among us who are more likely to sink than float when they hop into the pool.
The AquaJogger Pro Plus accommodates up to a 48” waist, is two inches thick, with the “buckle” approximately two feet wide.
As someone who is 6’4” and very top-heavy, this belt is my go-to pick as it gives him that extra little bit of flotation required to stay focused on churning my legs versus worrying about keeping my mouth out of the water.
Speedo Aqua Jog Water Training Belt
Speedo is one of the power players when it comes to making anything that has to do with aquatic sports. From goggles to swim gloves to racing suits, Speedo has their chlorinated hands in everything. So, it should be no surprise that they also have their own flotation belt for the water.
The Speedo Aqua Jog training belt comes in two sizes. The small/medium belt is adjustable within a waist size of 25-48 inches, while the large/x-large can fit between 25-56”.
In terms of flotation, you are going to get about the same amount of “bounce” as the Aquajogger Classic (the foam thickness is the same for both at 1.5”) and the foam is chlorine-resistant. The belt is ready to go out of the box, all you gotta do is tighten it appropriately and off you go.
Water Runner Floatation Belt for Aqua Jogging
The design of the Water Runner Floatation Belt is a little different from the other water jogging belts on this list.
Instead of the bulk of EVA foam being centered at the back, the Water Runner has two large EVA foam panels on the sides of the belt.
This can help with people who find that they have a hard time balancing properly with aqua jogging belts as it promotes straighter posture when in the water.
The Water Runner is available in a few different sizes, is built with closed-cell EVA foam that does not absorb water and dries quickly, and has an adjustable nylon strap to keep the belt buckled in.
It’s significantly more expensive compared to the other belts on this list, but if you’ve tried the standard belts and struggled to stay comfortably vertical, the Water Runner is for you.
How to Choose an Aqua Jogging Belt
There are a few different things to consider when picking out the right flotation belt for you:
- The level of buoyancy. The amount of flotation needed will vary by your body composition.
- Back support. A contoured lower back allows for support and a proper range of motion.
- The material of the belt. Closed-cell foam is your best friend in this case, as it dries quickly and stands up to repeated exposure to pool chemicals.
- Belt portability. The overall shape of the belt and how easy it is travel with is crucial, especially if you plan on taking it with you to your local neighborhood pool on the daily.
- And of course, general comfort. If you are spending 20-30 minutes jogging with it on, it had better be comfortable!
The Bottom Line
Aqua jogging is one of the best ways to get a great workout at the pool.
It takes a lot of the health and weight-loss benefits of treadmill running and subtracts a lot of the downsides of running, mainly that it is high-impact.
Choose the right aqua jogging belt for you, your goals, and your body type, and hit the pool for some water jogging in style and comfort!
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