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We're putting Rock's new training shoe to the test




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After Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson worked with Under Armor last year to bring out a training shoe, she's back with a new version. Called Project Rock 2 (or PR2), these eye-catching sneakers are solid (we hope you like blood orange) and embellished with rock's favorite motto ̵

1; "Blood, Sweat, Respect" – and gold bullhorns logo. (Classic Dwayne.) And unlike the high-top we saw in version 1, you're now working with a deeper cut and a narrower toe box.

You look slimmer, but what about the gym? We tested a couple in combat to find out.

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The first thing you'll notice after putting your feet into a pair of PR2s is the sock-like cover that holds your ankle and the anatomical boot that keeps the fit nice and tight. Once laced, the shoes feel safe and ready to use. The sole is made with Under Armor's HOVR technology, which is designed to incorporate a spring into your stride and reduce impact in high-impact motion. When I jumped around in the gym, I liked the springy platform and found it comfortable and responsive.

To test these shoes, I completed a HIIT warm-up program (High-Intensity Interval Training), which involved a lot of fast movements, including burpees, squat jacks, dumbbell step-ups and breakaway rows. At 10.9 ounces, the shoes are heavier than my usual Nikes, but they still felt light, so I could move quickly between the exercises.

I followed this with a few deadlifts and barbell squats to see how the shoes behave under heavier loads. They drove through the floor and put a padded, stable base through their heels to keep me in the elevator. The heel cup minimized movement from one side to the other and the omnidirectional profile on the sole prevented slipping. The heel drop is modest eight millimeters and is thus two to three times lower than in a conventional weightlifter. But these are versatile coaches that were not designed just for the Olympic weightlifting.

I've been wearing feather-light, minimal sneakers for years, and I still like the feeling they're barely there, whether I'm training or going out for lunch. I may stay with my current pair for HIIT and other circuit-based training. But after an hour with the PR2s, I started to think about how to lift weights as it's difficult to discard the stability and cushion they provide through the heel.

So, the PR2s made me a real superhero of stone? No. But that's mainly because of the genetics and the extraordinary work ethic of rock. I can not blame the shoes.

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