Verdict from +100 user reviews

3 reasons to buy

  • A majority of owners stated that they found the Under Armour Charged Core to be very stylish.
  • Many training enthusiasts deemed the shoe suitable for squats, deadlifts, and even short runs.
  • Several users commented that it was light and comfortable to wear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The underfoot cushioning sole was deemed insufficient by some users.
  • A consumer noted that the rubber sole peeled off with just a few months of use.

Bottom line

The Charged Core received high marks for its style and comfort. It was a recommended shoe for those involved in high-intensity training.

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Good to know

The Under Armour Charged Core was crafted for indoor cross-training. Its sole lies low which keeps the foot stable during squats, lifts, and lateral movements. It is also flexible enough for plyometrics and short runs but does not provide adequate support for long-distance runs.

The cushioning unit and the upper construction of the Charged Core make it very similar to another acclaimed workout trainer, the Under Armour Commit.

Strategically placed on the heel and forefoot area of the Under Armour Charged Core is a rubber material that adds traction. It is durable, resistant to oil and grease, and does not get deformed easily.

Flex grooves span the entire sole unit. They add flexibility to support plyometrics and other multi-directional movements.

This Under Armour workout shoe has two layers of responsive foams. Making up a majority of the midsole is the Micro G, a soft foam that serves to absorb impact. The force of impact spreads throughout the midsole which lessens the stress on the foot, knee, and ankle.

The Charged Cushioning spans from the midfoot to the forefoot and has less impact absorption properties. It is more responsive compared to Micro G to make it easier to transition from one movement to another.

A full-length Charged Cushioning sock liner sits atop these dual layers. It adds comfort and makes the shoe fit better for the user.

An abrasion-resistant material makes up the upper of the Under Armour Charged Core. It withstands the normal wear and tear associated with high-intensity workouts.

The molded toe cap protects the forefoot from the impact. The synthetic overlays on the midfoot are designed to add durability and stability.

It features a traditional lacing system with flat laces that pass through a slot on the thin tongue to keep it from sliding to the sides. The collar is lightly padded to help keep the foot supported and locked down.

The external thermoplastic polyurethane heel counter serves to keep the back of the foot locked in place. TPU is a type of plastic that is usually transparent, elastic and resistant to oil or grease. It is rigid, but lightweight.

How Charged Core compares

This shoe: 73
All shoes average: 79
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This shoe: £90
All shoes average: £90
£60 £130
This shoe: 306g
All shoes average: 280g
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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes,, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.