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Patriots’ Devin McCourty describes how he’s keeping in shape during lockdown

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New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty is staying active despite the coronavirus pandemic making it hard for athletes and common citizens alike to train and stay in shape.

With gyms and facilities all over the country closing in efforts to halt the spread of the illness, McCourty is getting creative. The veteran Patriots safety said he has been working out through Peloton and FaceTime sessions with his personal trainer (via Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY):

“It’s something that has been a work in progress,” the Patriots defensive back McCourty said, via Chris Mason of MassLive. “Fortunately I ordered a Peloton at the beginning of February… no matter the weather, jump on that. But other than that it’s been FaceTiming my trainer and trying to do workouts that way. He’s letting me know some of the things I can get in the house and figuring it out.”

Although the NFL is not currently in season, these are crucial months for those athletes to build on their strength and conditioning in anticipation of OTAs and, eventually, training camp. Of course, not everyone can afford a Peloton. Nor can most afford personal trainers. Still, the Patriots safety’s idea of biking and finding circuit workouts are easily applicable for those looking to remain in shape.

The Patriots re-signed McCourty to a two-year deal last week after the 32-year-old notched five interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles this past season.

Although the Patriots will no longer have Tom Brady, many of the key pieces from the defensive unit are back, with the McCourty twins and Stephon Gilmore spearheading the secondary.

Then again, McCourty might want to work his back muscles a little extra, as the Patriots will likely need another dominant season from their defense to compete in 2020.