Kazmir preparing for an upward slide

Updated: January 22, 2010, 11:39 AM ET
By Buster Olney
Scott Kazmir lowered the 35-pound dumbbell and stood, between repetitions of a workout Thursday. He looks different. He looks lean. He looks stronger. "You have to do more as you get older," he said with a smile.

Kazmir, 25, started working out a week after the Angels were eliminated from the playoffs, but not just with standard cardiovascular stuff, 30 minutes on the bike and 30 minutes on a treadmill. No, he had very specific goals in mind -- to give himself a better chance to repeat his delivery consistently, something that he felt hadn't been happening as often as it should in recent seasons.

So Kazmir started working out with Lee Fiocchi, a trainer who does his work at the Houston Christian School in Texas and handles Carl Crawford, James Loney, Adam Dunn and others. Fiocchi has focused on strengthening Kazmir's body, building his core and the muscles around his shoulder, giving him more of what is required for him to maintain his delivery. Kazmir has worked out in previous offseasons, he says. "But not like this."