After a delay to show respect for Jacob Blake, the man who was shot in the back seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the latest Project Rock training shoe workout is here. Now Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is ready to work in PR3.
The action star has remained unusually calm about his training over the past few months as the pandemic has closed gyms across the country or kept them below typical operating capacity. That’s not because he stopped lifting weights (his first superhero role in DC’s Black Adam is imminent, after all) or because he shut down his Iron Paradise gyms – he just didn̵
After the scheduled release was delayed, coinciding with an athlete-led activism that resulted in work stoppages in the NBA, WNBA and MLB, the shoes are now available today.
I received a pair of PR3 just before the start and took the opportunity to put the shoe through its paces. The black and slate color I tested isn’t as noticeable as previous debut versions of The Rocks shoes, which originally came in patriotic red, white, blue, and blood orange, but the PR3 is possibly the most versatile and high performing of them all.
The design of the PR3 is clearly owed to its predecessor, the PR2, which was a huge departure from where the line began with the PR1. The latest model retains the star’s Brahma Bull logo, Under Armor’s Hovr energy return foam and Tribase outsole, but pulls on the PR line’s ankle hugging boot for a one-piece, lower cut upper. This is great news for wearers who want to run, cut, and jump in the PR3 – at times the previous iterations of the shoe felt clunky during athletic movements. Now the shoes feel much more mobile and still offer a lot of support and stability.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had much chance of getting under a lot of weight to test how they perform on squats and other high-impact movements. Even so, the soles feel similar to the PR2 that was crushed in the gym – and I know that with home workouts, I’m far from being alone. The more versatile design of the PR3 makes it ideal for training in and out of the weight room. I still wouldn’t take them for a jog, but they work well for short cardio breakouts like sprints or HIIT workouts.
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The PR3 is available in two colors for men, women and teenagers and is available from Under Armor starting today.
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