McCourty sees benefits of hot yoga

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty had the heat turned up on him as a rookie when he was thrown right into the fire. He responded well, starting all 17 games and totaling seven interceptions, the second highest total in the NFL.

This offseason, McCourty has turned the heat up on himself -- in the yoga studio.

This is one of the nuggets McCourty passes along in a first-person piece for Sporting News, which he completes with writer Dennis Dillon.

"If you think it’s hot outdoors, you should try spending 90 minutes inside a 105-degree studio performing yoga exercises. That’s what I’ve been doing twice a week as part of my offseason workout regimen," McCourty writes. "Talk about an intense workout. You sweat from the time you walk in the door to the time you leave. A few players I know said they had tried hot yoga and that it helped improve their flexibility while flushing out their systems, so I thought I would try it. I can do most of the poses, but I’m not as flexible in my upper body because I’m so muscular. Sometimes I just have to stand there and watch everyone else."

McCourty also touches on how nice it's been to spend time with his family this offseason, while focusing on improving his footwork on the field, primarily while training at his alma mater, Rutgers.