DAVIE—If the heat of another South Florida summer feels oppressive to regular people, imagine trying to get through a workout at 6-foot-3, 341 pounds.
New Dolphins offensive lineman Isaac Asiata, a rookie from Utah, is actually enjoying this misery. It’s a new test of his manhood, he says, and he loves proving himself in these conditions.
“It’s not easy, which makes it great,” he said after another blistering practice with 75 percent humidity. “It’s a mental toughness deal. It’s nice to come out and challenge yourself like this when it’s hot.
“Anybody can practice in the cold. Practicing in the cold is easy. I practiced in the cold my whole life, basically. To come out here when it’s so hot and that breath is hot, that’s a mental thing more than anything. It’s nice to work that mental toughness here.”
He began the process of acclimating to this weather over the summer, when he’d go running on the practice field while wearing a hoodie.
Asiata, 25, came in as a fifth-round pick and is competing for snaps at guard and center. He’s a guard by trade, but is one of four players being rotated in at center in case Mike Pouncey is out.
Asiata said the training staff spoke to the rookies when they arrived in Davie and stressed to them that the heat and humidity are their allies once the season starts.
“No matter how hot it is, that has to be an advantage for us,” he said. “We have to embrace it and use it in our favor. It’s something you’ve gotta get used to.”
He’s been through unusual conditions before, having worked in the altitude in Utah most of his career. He spent part of his summer training there after Organized Team Activities and minicamp. When he went home, he struggled with the thin air at first.
“I thought I was in pretty good shape, but then that altitude hits and your lungs get smushed up,” he said.
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