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49ers CB Tramaine Brock Adds Yoga to Help Revamp His Offseason Training

Posted May 26, 2016

For Brock, emphasizing the offseason approach is important for an established cornerback looking to lead the team’s 10-man group at the position.

The question was innocent enough.

“Is there anything you like to do when you kick back and relax away from the game?”

The question, albeit innocuous, elicited a rather fascinating response.

“I watch a few shows,” San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock said in a recent appearance on the 49ers Radio podcast. “I got this show I just started watching called, ‘Arrow.’ Other than that, I just started doing yoga, so I’ll get some yoga in…”

“Interesting,” me, the host of said podcast interjected. “So how does that help your game?”

“Flexibility, stamina, all of that,” Brock responded. “It’s been helping a lot right now. I feel better.”

When you think about how many steps a cornerback like Brock takes to keep up with Chip Kelly's up-tempo offensive scheme, even a FitBit would have a hard time tracking all the movement.

Brock, 27, never tried a non-traditional football workout like yoga during his previous six seasons with San Francisco. But after finishing 5-11 a season ago, Brock revamped his offseason approach entering year 7 of his NFL career.

“My mindset is real different this year,” Brock said. “I’m going back to the roots and just working.”

Brock isn’t alone in the yoga room. He’s often joined by wide receiver Bruce Ellington. The duo has yet to successfully add more members to the yoga sessions, but the door is always open for anyone who wants to join.

For Brock, emphasizing the offseason approach is critical for an established cornerback looking to lead the team’s 10-man group at the position.

“I look back on me coming in as a rookie and my job has flipped,” Brock said. “It seems a little funny. I’m taking it in day by day and just trying to lead by example.”

Brock said he also likes what he’s seeing from Jimmie Ward. The team’s starting slot cornerback of the past two seasons has moved to right cornerback and has excelled so far this offseason.

“Jimmie is a good athlete,” said Brock, who also began his career as a slot defender for the 49ers. “I believe he can do it. He played the hardest position out there on the defensive side, for me, which is nickel.”

Brock, soft-spoken in nature, leads by example with excellent footwork at the head of all cornerback drills. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound cornerback is coming off of a 2015 campaign in which he was a constant at the position. He made 15 starts and recorded a career-high 65 tackles, adding 11 pass breakups and three interceptions.

The undrafted cornerback out of Belhaven, however, remains motivated to produce his best NFL campaign to date.

It starts with the offseason attitude.

“That’s my mindset: Finish spring ball on a good note and finish healthy with a great mindset of getting ready for the season,” Brock said.

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