We Put the Rock’s New Training Shoe to the Test

Courtesy of Under Armour

After teaming up with Under Armour
last year to release a training shoe, Dwayne “the Rock”
is back at it with a new version. Dubbed
Project Rock 2
(or PR2), these eye-catching sneakers come in
one color (we hope you like blood orange) and feature the Rock’s
favorite motto—“blood, sweat, respect”—alongside halo gray
trim and a gold bull horns logo. (Classic Dwayne.) And, unlike the
high-top we saw in version one, you’re now working with a lower
cut and a narrower toe box.

They look sleeker, but how do they fare in the gym? We
battle-tested a pair to find out.

The first thing you’ll notice after slipping your feet into a
pair of PR2s is the sock-like upper covering that
grips your ankle
 and the anatomical bootie that keeps the fit
nice and snug. Once laced up, the shoes feel secure and ready for
action. The sole is made with Under
Armour’s HOVR technology
, which is meant to put a
in your step and
reduce impact
during high-impact movements. Bouncing around the
gym, I liked the springy platform, finding it to be comfortable and


To really put these shoes to the test, I went through a HIIT
interval training
) warm-up that involved lots of
quick movements
, including burpees, squat jacks, dumbbell
step-ups, and renegade rows. At 10.9-ounces, the shoes are heavier
than my usual Nikes, but they still felt
light on my feet
, allowing me to move quickly between

I followed that up with some deadlifts and
barbell squats
to see how the shoes performed under
heavier loads
. Driving through the ground, they provided a
stable base
through the heels to keep me locked into the lift.
The heel cup minimized side-to-side movement and the
multi-directional tread on the sole curtailed any slippage. The
heel drop is a modest eight millimeters, two to three times less
than a
traditional weightlifting shoe
. But these are versatile
trainers built for more than Olympic weightlifting. 

I’ve worn
, minimal sneakers for years, and I still like the
barely-there feel they provide, whether I’m working out or
walking to lunch. I might stick with my current pair for HIIT and
circuit-based training
. But after an hour with the PR2s, I
began to reconsider my footwear when lifting weights, as it’s
difficult to
dismiss the stability
and cushion they provide through the

So, did the PR2s turn me into a
real-life superhero
like the Rock? No. But that’s due mostly to
genetics and the
Rock’s extraordinary work ethic
. I can’t blame the shoes.

Meet the PR2. With just the
right amount of stability + flexibility, our new
training shoe from @TheRock is
about to become your go-to. Get yours now. https://t.co/4vo8B2G2kM pic.twitter.com/90oPnTyZaM

— Under Armour (@UnderArmour)
June 27, 2019


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We Put the Rock’s New Training Shoe to the Test