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5th ASEP National Meeting
ASEP President Update
Dr. Richard Kreider

Seize the ASEP Dream
-The ASEP Advertisment-

Wisconsin Meeting Update
2003 Dues Renewal Notice
Career Opportunities
Editorial Policy / Submitted Papers

Vol 7 No 4 April 2003 
ISSN 1097-9743

Respected Leaders of ASEP
Editor of the ASEPNewsletter
Jesse Pittsley

Change is Evident Everywhere!
Tommy Boone

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This monthly newsletter is designed to update the members of the ASEP organization and the general public on the current events regarding ASEP.  The newsletter will contain actions recently taken by the Board of Directors as well as any recent information, decisions, and future goals of ASEP.  There will be featured updates from the chairpersons of the leading ASEP committees, news briefs regarding the recent advances in the professional development of exercise physiology and guest editorials.  If you would like to contribute to this newsletter or if you are just looking for general information regarding ASEP, feel free to contact me at the following e-mail address.  Also, don't forget to sign up for the "ASEP E-mail Updates" of this newsletter. 

Respected Leaders of ASEP
Editor of the ASEPNewsletter
Jesse Pittsley
Hello, I hope you are doing well.  I just wanted to write a note about the ASEPNewsletter and what I am hoping to have happen with it.

Although a newsletter is often considered a source of news, in many ways it serves as an archive for the actions and viewpoints of the leaders and members of an organization.  I feel it is imperative that such things be made public and kept for future reference.   Much like when Justices of the Supreme Court are asked to write essays regarding their currents stances on important issues of our society, it is important for the current chairpersons and our current president to make public statements regarding the past mistakes and successes, present actions, and future goals of the organization.

For the first time, the five key positions of the organization (President, President Elect, and the Chairpersons of each of three Boards) are actually 5 different people.  This is a significant step for this organization.  Each of you now has a leadership position in a special part of the organization.  I personally am excited to see how each of you mobilized those that you supervise to get it all done. 

What I am asking is that each of you creates an update statement every two months (the schedule is at the end of the piece) and send it to me so that it can be posted in the ASEPNewsletter.   I will inform each person by the 10th of each month that his document will be posted for the next newsletter.  It will be due on final day of each month and it will be posted on the following day.  I will then forward the document to Dr. Lowery and he will send it out to members and others interested in ASEP via the list serve.  The first statement will be easy.  A simple, “these are my goals and this is my plan of action,” would be great.  After that, things will get a little tricky.  But I’m sure we all can get creative and figure some things out.  Some things you help you come up with ideas and news:

1. Concentrate on making news.  Our intellectual views points are important but having a newsletter with only those will not be enough.  Each of you can create and speak about ideas rather quickly, but creating news takes a little more work. 

2. Don’t put the work of these update documents all upon yourself.  Members of your respective boards should also write sections. 

3. Assign tasks to the members of the boards you supervise with specific dates of completion in mind.  It’s tough when people drift on their tasks and you loose your ability to make an announcement that you thought you were going to make.   I know we don’t want to treat people like children, but hey, we all put out the nearest fire and it’s just that simple. 

4. When you assign a project to a few people call it a “task force” and place somebody in charge and put a small statement from them in one of your update statements.  That way, you can write about the same things twice!  Once, when it is started, and second, when it is done.  For example, a particular state may not currently have a start organization, an accredited program, or a site to offer an EPC exam.  Assign a “Utah” task force that will probe the state and pin point what particular person or group to lobby to reach your committee’s goal.   Have your task force leader write that aspect of your update letter.  As a result, more people other than yourself will have a sense of responsibility for the cause. 

A system must be in place to keep the actions and viewpoints of our society made public. I feel this is a great way accomplish this.   In contrast, I want to let you know that this has been a hard thing for me to do.  It’s tough for a doctoral student to tell his superiors something should be done.  I understand I have no concrete power in this situation.  These update documents are not in the bylaws of ASEP and they are gesture of courtesy from yourself to the organization.  I am open to any suggestions. 

April - Summary letter from Dr. Kreider
May -  President and Accreditation
June -  Certification and Licensure
July -   President and Accreditation
August - Certification and Licensure

ASEP President’s Update
Richard B. Kreider, PhD, EPC, FASEP
Board of Directors Meeting

New Leadership
The BOD met on the eve of the 5th National ASEP conference in Sacramento, CA to discuss a variety of issues.  The first order of business was to discuss election of new officers.  The BOD voted unanimously to consider nominations and vote on a President and President Elect.  I am pleased to inform you that Steve Jungbauer, MA, MBA, FASEP, EPC has been elected by the BOD as our next ASEP President.  As you may know, Steve has been intimately involved in ASEP at the state and national levels particularly related to licensure efforts.  He will no doubt bring strong leadership and management skills to ASEP as we move forward. 

The BOD also decided to vote on a President-elect.  The rationale was to help spread the administrative workload and provide some time for new presidents to learn how ASEP is managed. 
I am happy to inform you that Darryn Willoughby, PhD, FACSM, FASEP, EPC, CSCS has been elected President-elect.   He will serve as an assistant to the President this year and then the President of ASEP in 2004-2005.  Finally, the BOD also elected Mike Greenwood, PhD, CSCS*D and Paula Papanek, PhD, PT, ATC as members of the BOD.  Please join me in welcoming these fine professionals to leadership positions of ASEP.

The BOD also approved an amendment to the ASEP Bylaws that will implement a new process for electing the 2005-2006 ASEP President.  This will involve having the BOD review the credentials of individuals nominated to serve in leadership positions and finalizing a slate of candidates.  Information about the candidates will then be posted online for members to review and vote.  The candidate with the majority of votes will then be named by the BOD as the President-Elect.  Members of the BOD feel that this is an important step in helping ASEP move forward. 

Certification Programs
The BOD approved moving the administration office of the EPC examination to Baylor University under my direction.  My hope is that this move will help reduce the administrative load on the national office and make it easier for candidates to obtain their EPC. 

Dr. Robergs and Dr. Boone provided a report to the BOD regarding the status of JEP Online and PEP Online.   JEP Online is continuing to grow in stature with over 45 manuscripts submitted last year.  The BOD discussed and approved providing some funds for administrative assistance to Dr. Robergs.   It also suggested that a submission fee may be instituted to help defray administrative expenses.   Members of the BOD agreed to provide additional support to PEP Online through submission of articles and encouragement of ASEP members to submit articles related to the professional practice and issues of EP’s. 

Steve Jungbauer provided a short description of the status of licensure efforts.  He indicated that Indiana and Minnesota are the closest to submission of licensure bills and that he intends to help facilitate licensure efforts as the ASEP President.

I provided a brief update regarding recent research efforts of ASEP.  Due to the efforts of Dr. Tim Ziegenfuss, several student research awards and/or scholarships have been funded.  First, Worldwide Sports Nutrition & Met-Rx provided a $250 award for the best student paper and presentation made at the 2003 ASEP National meeting.  This year’s recipient was Derek Marks from the University of New Mexico for his paper entitled “The Oxygen Cost of Ventilation and Its Effect on the VO2 Plateau”.  Second, the Pinnacle Institute of Health & Human Performance has provided $1,000 for two student research grant awards.  Finally, Twinlab has agreed to provide five $1,000 stipends to support doctoral student research among ASEP members.  Application information for these grants and awards will be available soon on the ASEP web page.   It is my view, that this type of support is critical to support our students and research efforts.

External Sponsorship Report
The BOD also discussed continued efforts to increase external sponsorship and support for ASEP.  While ASEP clearly does not endorse sponsors or its products, the BOD feels it is important to find ways to financially support ASEP and the national meeting.  This year, ASEP received external sponsorship from the Center of Exercise, Nutrition, and Preventive Health Research at Baylor University to pay expenses to invite Dr. Mike Stone from the USOC Olympic Training Center to be the keynote speaker at the 5th National ASEP conference.  It also received very generous support from the Pinnacle Institute of Health & Human Performance to pay for refreshment breaks and two luncheons during the national meeting.  This support was critical to be able to financially manage the national conference.  We would like to thank these organizations for their generous support and encourage other groups to consider supporting ASEP through its education, accreditation, certification, and research efforts. 

National Meeting Highlights
In my mind, although small, the 5th National ASEP meeting was a very interesting, productive, and successful event.  It brought together a cohort of key individuals to discuss the latest professional issues and research of interest to EP’s.  It allowed for an open and honest discussion about many issues EP’s face on a day to day basis.  It also provided a relaxed atmosphere for professionals to discuss various issues.  I would like to thank Dr. Daryl Parker from California State University – Sacramento for his hospitality and assistance in putting on this meeting.  I would also like to thank all of the individuals who attended this event.  I encourage you to begin to make plans for the next national ASEP meeting which will be held April 1-3, 2004 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Steve Jungbauer has lined up an excellent site and will serve as our host.  Please plan to attend and support ASEP. 

A Time of Reflection
It has been my distinct honor to serve you and our profession as President of ASEP over the last year and a half.  ASEP has developed into an important voice for exercise physiologists.  It is has forged the groundwork for professionalizing our field through development of a scope of practice, academic accreditation programs, and Board Certification.  It has developed high quality journals for exercise physiologists to publish their research in a timely manner and discuss professional issues in an open and frank forum. It has encouraged and supported exercise physiologists to organize and develop state organizations in order to pursue licensure.  It has also given hope to practicing exercise physiologists that one day our work will be legally and professionally recognized in the health-care profession in a similar way as our colleagues in athletic training, physical therapy, dietetics, and nursing. 
As I look back, I am thankful for the efforts of many dedicated individuals and am pleased that we have moved ASEP forward in number of ways.  I am proud that during my tenure, ASEP members have:

  • Enhanced the web pages
  • Developed an ASEP E-Newsletter
  • Accredited five university’s academic programs in exercise physiology and have several in the process of seeking accreditation
  • Assisted in development of seven State ASEP chapters
  • Refined the EPC written and practical exam and seen a number of professionals become EPC
  • Worked toward development of an ASEP-EPC resource manual
  • Held a national summit which produced the first National Proclamation on Licensure for Exercise Physiologists
  • Developed a process to seek and obtain support from sponsors for the national meeting, student awards, and scholarships
  • Increased membership in the Board of Directors
  • Seen the advancement of a number of ASEP members to Fellow status
  • Discussed collaborations with several organizations in the US and abroad
  • Organized and held the 5th National ASEP meeting, and
  • Worked to enhance the national visibility and respect of ASEP
I am very proud of these and many other accomplishments that have been realized during my Presidency.  I now look forward to working with Steve Jungbauer and Dr. Darryn Willoughby as they begin their administration.  I am confident that their leadership will also help move ASEP forward.  I ask for your continued support and that you work to encourage your students and coworkers to join ASEP and become active members.  We have an important mission and cause.  It is not easy forging a new profession.  However, if the field of exercise physiology is to fully be recognized, we must work together to make it happen. 

Change is Evident Everywhere!
Tommy Boone

Life is Change
Everyone has heard the statement, “Change has become a way of life.”  Of course, change has always been a way of life.  There isn’t life without change.  So, why are we so afraid of it?  Why isn’t that we seek an understanding of change?  Life is change.  Shouldn’t we come to a final agreement on this point?  Shouldn’t we be so bold and daring that we embrace change and, where possible, work at creating change for the better? 

Change Agents
We within the ASEP organization are change agents.  For the first time ever in the history of exercise physiology, the dogmas of the past are inadequate for 21st century success.  Oh, you can say, here is more of Tommy’s pile higher and deeper comments.  Or, you can recognize my belief, as an exercise physiologist, that change is everywhere and exercise physiologists ought to rise to the occasion.  One need only reflect on our profound disarray to acknowledge that we are inextricably linked to the past.  We haven’t undergone the changes that other departments have been doing for decades. 

We are Professionals
Our greatest challenge is facing the changes required of us in the 21st century.  It is all about assuring the public that we are professionals, that we have the knowledge to help diverse populations, and that our education is uniquely an integration of courses designed to benefit the healthcare system.  They need to know, as we have to understand, that our reliance on other organizations is not adequate as we work in adjusting to the changing conditions, issues, and concerns of the public.  This is the reason for the founding of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists in 1997.  Members of the organization speak the same language of “what is exercise physiology”.

The ASEP Way of Thinking
Complete with significant challenges before them, the members of the Board of Directors work to not just accommodate change but to ensure it as well.  It is instructive to note that the development of the ASEP way of thinking about exercise physiology is a collaborative and satisfying change in itself.  With this change has come a vision, code of ethics, academic accreditation, national board certification, standards of professional practice, accreditation, state-affiliated organizations, and much more.  No longer must the exercise physiologist feel separated from an organization committed to a partnership with professionalism at the heart of its purpose.

The ASEP Model
The ASEP organization is a model not too different from other professional organizations.  Its purpose is driven by the ASEP vision.  As members, we are challenged to recognize change as a serious contribution to increased opportunity.  Linking ASEP efforts and professionalism to re-write the future of exercise physiology is essential for our future success.  It is exactly the stretch that we need to recreate ourselves, to nurse our concerns, and to capture our talents to serve the public. It is encouraging that exercise physiologists worldwide are learning from ASEP that accreditation is important, that the integrity of the academic faculty can’t be compromised, and that change, both professionally and culturally, must proceed.  Our individual task is keep up with change.  Sir William Osler, 1895, said it best: 

“Everywhere the old order changeth, and happy those who can change with it.” 
Hence, regardless of the conflicts or differences in opinion, happy are those who work at maintaining a common bond among all exercise physiologists.  As with other professionals who successfully communicate change and enter into it with an explosive energy and commitment, exercise physiologists must be prepared for the new age of opportunities.

Our Soon to be Realized Unprecedented Future
To move this agenda forward, exercise physiology must be extended to everyone.  We are living in a disease-oriented society that may get worse.  This will require that healthcare professionals have knowledge and hands-on skills to meet the needs of the population. Exercise physiologists will be working with sophisticated technology-based systems of analysis and care.  They will work with athletes and the chronically disabled and/or ill in settings that will span not just age, but public and private clinics, fitness and wellness facilities, and corporate and research-based businesses.  The emphasis will be on cost-effectiveness, relevant and safe care, and flexible and creative ideas and programs.  It will all be unprecedented.

Heart patients, those with cancer, and others with all kinds of diverse illnesses, whether acute or chronic, will be helped by the professional accountability and care provided by exercise physiologists.  It is important that exercise physiologists in the 21st century accept the challenge to become recognized healthcare partners in improving health and wellness throughout the United States.  Accepting this challenge is part of the change we are experiencing along with our need for independence and entrepreneurial opportunities to provide healthcare.  This means not viewing exercise physiology as just physical exercise, but as a collection of integrated standards of practice to find solutions to both our problems and those of society.  A focus like this will afford us the best opportunity to make a difference in the public’s health and will give us a stronger presence in shaping the profession of exercise physiology.

The Making of a Profession
Change of this magnitude is the making of a great profession.  What a tragedy it would be if we missed out.  May we have the guts to meet the challenge and develop a perspective that energizes us to take action to move beyond old thinking.  To achieve this goal is to move away from behaviors that keep us in the past.  In fact, in sharp contrast to the past, we need to redesign our thinking to not just understand change but to create change as a seamless part of our overall professional development.  If we are willing to acknowledge this reality, we can expect new collaborative opportunities in the future.  The time to embrace change is now. 

American Society of Exercise Physiologists
2003 Dues Renewal Notice

ASEP membership is on a calendar year basis (Jan – Dec).  Renew now to continue your membership through December 31, 2003.  Remittance of the full amount of member dues for your category will serve as verification that you continue to be eligible for that membership status.

1. Professional Member ($70)
2. Certified Professional Member ($60) Note: this means EPC
3. Affiliate Member ($85)
4. International Member ($60)
5. Student Member ($40)
6. Sustaining Member ($160)
7. Fellow Member ($70)

Only U.S. funds will be accepted.  Make all checks payable to either ASEP or the American Society of Exercise Physiologists.  Please mail the check to the following address:

 ASEP National Office
 c/o Dr. Boone
 Department of Exercise Physiology
 The College of St. Scholastica
 1200 Kenwood Ave
 Duluth, MN 55811
The American Society of Exercise Physiologists is the professional organization of exercise physiologists.  If you need assistance or have questions about your membership, please call the ASEP National Office (218) 723-6297.

Please make any changes in name, address, email address, or membership information when sending your check to the National Office.  Be sure to renew as early as possible to continue all of your membership benefits.

Visit the new ASEP Web Site ( for the news about Board Certification of exercise physiologists. or academic accreditation of undergraduate programs.  Note: This website will remain active for an undetermined period of time. 

Seize the ASEP Dream
by Tommy Boone

-The ASEP Advertisment-

The opportunities never looked better for exercise physiologists, but they require membership in the ASEP organization.  The rewards of personal and professional credibility start on day one with membership.  Contact an ASEP member and open the door to a partnership and where dreams come true.  Your own board certification plus an advanced understanding of ways to make a difference in exercise physiology.  Timing is everything.  Take control today.

Here’s what you’ll receive; the world’s only “professional” organization of exercise physiologists at your command.  Automatically you will see a new way, if not a new philosophy, to look at exercise physiology.  The new organization is the perfect blend of power and credibility.  More than just a new organization at a great price to its members, ASEP gives its members the right organization at the right time.  How did ASEP do it?  The Board of Directors placed above everything priority first for exercise physiologists.

As a member and as an ASEP “Exercise Physiologist Certified” you call yourself an “Exercise Physiologist”.  You can do this without addressing the historical perspective of having a doctorate degree.  This new thinking has been made possible by ASEP, which has now become a united nationwide view of the sign of the times.  Don’t waste your money on certifications without credibility.  Refuse to become part of the black side of what has become the 20th century view of weekend warrior certifications.

ASEP means big change in the way exercise physiologists do business.  With ASEP there is no telling what you can accomplish.  ASEP certification may be just what you need to help make your business a success.  ASEP is designed to do everything you need and then some.  It’s not a last chance effort.  Rather, it is the chance to give your business a break for 2003.  Don’t let history rule your thinking, especially if you have ever dreamed of being a king for a day.

Changing the world with ASEP is a great way to get your business up to speed.  Why wait?  Dig in, design your thinking, and maximize your “can-do” attitude to generate high levels of enthusiasm and opportunity.  Let us unite and work together and help each other achieve extraordinary results.  Let us announce a departure from exercise physiology as we have known it.  Let us clean-up and begin anew.  ASEP is leading the way.  Inspired by its members, turned on by their charm, everyone looks ahead to new entrepreneurial possibilities.

ASEP is worth its weight in gold.  Its size is a match to those looking for a punch in the nose.  Incorporated!  It is about professionalism.  It markets exercise physiology like nothing else has ever done before.  Step by step its members have walked the walk.  It is not just alive at the end of five years since its founding, but is a “sure thing” with solutions that work.  Think about it.  Accreditation, board certification, standards of professional practice; exercise physiologists have taken control of who they are and what they do.  It is the driving force forward in health, fitness, rehabilitation, and sports training. 

ASEP is your 24-hour partner in transforming your business, investments, and conduct.  Serious thinking about professionalism begins with ASEP; it’s the 21st century formula for your success.  It is the cure for the common fitness professional, the keys to your success, and the tools and strategies to inspire your employees and others.  The exercise physiology career never looked better.  Join today and become an Exercise Physiologist.


The Wisconsin Association of Exercise Physiologists (WIAEP) held their first-ever state meeting on Saturday, March 22nd at nationally accredited Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  The meeting went very well.  Every presenter was an Exercise Physiologist and over half of those presenters were Board Certified Exercise Physiologists (WIAEP).  Issues that were discussed included licensure, job search strategies, exercise for breast cancer survivors, and other professional issues encompassing today’s EP professionals.  For more information regarding WIAEP, please e-mail the state office at

Editorial Policy
The ASEPNewsletter is not a refereed newsletter.  Newsletters are open-ended so as to present a diverse set of opinions.  The papers in the each issue are concerned with issues and topics that have a bearing on the professionalization of exercise physiology.  As Editor, I especially welcome articles that critically address specific features of ASEP and its efforts to develop exercise physiology.  Views that support ASEP's vision, goals, and objectives as well as views that do not provide valuable lessons for our readers. 

Submitted Papers
Submitted papers should be unpublished and non-copyrighted.  Submission of a paper will imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not submitted for publication elsewhere.  The Editor will pursue a policy of timely and meaningful review of each paper.  After the paper is accepted, the author(s) must provide the paper's final version in an electronic file on a diskette.  The paper should follow the example of published articles in the ASEPNewsletter.  The text format is flexible (regarding center headings, side flush headings, and so forth).  The reference style should conform to the style presently used in the JEPonline.

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