Copyright 1997-2005 American Society of Exercise Physiologists. All Rights Reserved.


January 5, 2005
Vol. 9 No. 1
 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

What's New?


January BOD Editorial
"A Call to Intercede"
Boone, T.
Strength Training Methods and The Work Of Arthur Jones (manuscript seven on page)
Smith, D. and Bruce-Low, S. 
An Analysis of Job Opportunities for Exercise Physiologists in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Buser, S. and Kornspan, A.

Contact Information
New web page (click) and new email address

Important Dates to Remember!
ASEP Annual Meeting & EPC Exams!
The Editors

New PowerPoint: Why Join ASEP?
Click above to download presentation
The ASEP Board of Directors
Ask the Professor
Have Your Question Appear Online!

with Dr. Don Diboll




A Call to Intercede
Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP, EPC Member, Board of Directors

As I think about the end of one year and the beginning of another, my sense is that more exercise physiologists are beginning to understand why the founding of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) is so important. And, yet to my amazement, I still wake up in the middle of the night with my heart pounding. Out of nowhere Im asking myself, What else can we do? Surprisingly, even after seven years, there are new lessons that must be applied in the ongoing professional development of exercise physiology. For example, one important lesson is The Call to Intercede. That is, we need to do something on behalf of another person or others to help all of us.

No one had any idea the magnitude of the work that would be required to intercede on behalf of other exercise physiologists. Clearly, being a visionary is a relatively easy undertaking. The difficulty is dealing with the opinions that often conflict with the intercessors sense of destiny. My bias leads me to believe traditional thinking is our biggest hindrance to change. The spirit of unity among exercise physiologists needs serious cultivation. Most still hang on to the sports medicine way of thinking, which disregards the role of ASEP. Others are leery of any new organization or additional solutions. Still others are not interested much in professional issues that arent influencing them.

Yet now is a critical time in the history of exercise physiology. I believe that we must continue to recognize the battlefield before us. No one can deny the stronghold of the 20th century thinking. It is easy to see how these past several decades continue to color the ASEP innovation. Now is the time to come to together into a useful and functioning whole. This simple, but important fact is something we need to learn. Everyone should know by now that the ASEP organization has interceded on behalf of all exercise physiologists. The ASEP vision is an informed, analytical, and compassionate decision to clarify what is exercise physiology and who is an exercise physiologist?

If you are called to intercede and have knowledge of the ASEP organization, why not help others understand that you are interceding on behalf of the future of exercise physiology? Why not find the right time to talk with a colleague about ASEP and its initiatives? Why not give the colleague feedback on a regular basis as to why ASEP is important to our professional development? Why not discuss the credibility and the professionalism of an exercise physiologist who is a member of ASEP? Why not hold a meeting to encourage an understanding of the ASEP-21st century view of the advancement of exercise physiology? After all, the secret to the success of ASEP may well be the call to intercede in order to help colleagues feel that they belong, that they are credible, and that they are professionals.

Ask the Professor

with Dr. Don Diboll 

Q.) What happens if one is lifting weights but not getting enough protein to make muscle repair?


A.) If this scenario were to occur, then muscle growth would indeed be limited. Additionally, depending on the frequency, intensity and duration of strength training, an overtraining-like response could occur with increased chronic fatigue and potential for injury. [Protein is of course, necessary for tissue growth and repair as well as hormonal synthesis and immune function, all of which undergo increased demand while resistance training.] However, a lack of adequate protein intake in developed countries is somewhat rare, whereas a lack of an adequate overall diet IS NOT. This includes failure to consume enough nutrient-dense foods, especially those containing complex carbohydrates and even healthy fat choices such as olive oil, canola oil and even cold water fatty fish like salmon. This adequate energy (kcal) supply is especially true for the young athlete (e.g., high school and even college). Any physical training not only requires protein for repairing and building lean muscle, but also requires carbohydrate to provide the energy to assemble that protein into muscle tissue and to sustain the training - and allow for all important training recovery on a regular basis. A lack of adequate carbohydrate intake [especially post-exercise -Ed.] results in fatigue over time and eventually "flatter" glycogen depleted, protein-losing muscles. Prolonged fatigue limits one's ability to train and perform. Fatigue can also be a contributing factor to injury.

So, do not just look at how much protein someone is getting. The entire diet, including total calories, protein, carbohydrate, and even some fat (certain types); along with vitamin, mineral, and fluid intake (proper hydration); are important to support muscle repair and growth during strength training as well as other types of training.       


Important Dates to Remember - Annual Meeting & EPC Exams!

January 15, 2005 Abstracts awarded for ASEP National Meeting and Conference
(...and schedule announced for the Annual Meeting)

February 1, 2005 Complete online survey at
(This information is critical in establishing key data about the exercise physiology field.

March 5, 2005 - Exercise Physiologist Certification Exam
Fort Wayne, IN


April 7, 2005 Exercise Physiologist Certification Exam
Minneapolis, MN

April 8 & 9, 2005 ASEP 7th Annual Meeting and Conference
Hilton Minneapolis /St. Paul Airport
(100 % of last years attendees stated they would recommend the ASEP conference to colleague.)



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