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  June, 2006; Vol. 10 No. 6.

 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

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The Exercise Physiology Show (podcast)
Jesse Pittsley, Ph.D., ASEP President

The following is an interview with Dr. Jesse Pittsley. He is currently undertaking a side project called the Exercise Physiology Show. We took some time to ask him a few questions regarding his new internet radio show.

What is the Exercise Physiology Show?
The common name for this type of project is a podcast. A podcast is an audio or video file that can be sent automatically to a personal computer when one subscribes to the internet feed. As a result, the person can listen to the program at his or her convenience whether it be in the office or a on portable media player. The great thing about podcasts is that once the person subscribes, he never actually has to return to the original webpage. There are many podcasts being released over the net regarding a variety of topics. The Exercise Physiology Show (podcast) is simply one about Exercise Physiology. An episode is released every couple weeks. Some episodes are round-table discussions with several EPs across the country. Others episodes are used to interview authors of research articles.

Who creates podcasts? Are the subscriptions free?
A lot of people create podcasts. Some major media outlets create podcasts while others are produced by just a couple of friends in their home offices. Most podcasts, like mine, are free. I like technology and I like exercise physiology, So I do the recording, mixing, and dissemination of the podcast without much thought about money.

So, are you mainly alone in this project?
I wouldnt say that. Although I handle the organization and tech side of the project, I wouldnt have much material if it werent for the panel that joins me on the show. People like Matt Lehn, Molly Wilson, Tommy Boone and Jennifer Wismann are the brains and personality behind the show. We all agree that the less I talk the better the show is.

Why did you choose to create a podcast for exercise physiology?
About a year ago I started to have some serious thoughts about what I could contribute to the field and to science in general. Ive always felt that having a Ph.D. requires one to have an honest self-analysis about his/her own interests, talents, and opportunities. One of my sincere fears is that I would finish my career many years from now and have contributed nothing to Exercise Physiology. I want to walk out of my office a few decades from now and think I did something to make Exercise Physiology better.

Im an outgoing person that enjoys the spirited exchange of ideas in conversation. I also really like Exercise Physiology! I like talking about research articles, trends in training, and even professional issues. Also, I admit Im a bit of tech geek. I like to keep current with the latest news and ideas in the world of computers, software, and internet usage. After combining these interests concluded that a podcast could be a great and novel way to improve the dissemination of Exercise Physiology.

Is the Exercise Physiology Show primarily about promoting the perspective of ASEP?
No. that is not the purpose of this program. Although I am passionate in my belief that ASEP is attempting to move this field through the correct path, there are many interesting things happening in this field beyond the topic of professionalization. With that said, this podcast will be one of the few places that actually addresses professional development.
There are so many topics that need to be discussed and I hope to reach a nice balance of topics.

You could address pretty controversial topics.
Im getting tired of people writing notes and articles back and forth in an attempt to take stabs at each other. I agree that the publication and documentation of opinions and perspectives is vital for the science. But, there are written exchanges circulating around the country right now that really need to be worked out in a format other than writing. Very smart people from both sides of issues just need to sit down and talk it over. Not necessarily to reach a consensus. But more for others that can sit and listen to people explain their perspective. I think that would truly help Exercise Physiology grow. I dont know if I could contribute to these conversations, but the Exercise Physiology Show would be a great format to facilitate these conversations. I could just sit back and listen just like everybody else.

Are you looking to make this the Crossfire of Exercise Physiology?
I dont know about that. I want to hear smart people communicate to an audience their dreams, ideas, perspectives, and research findings in a format other than writing.

What is interesting is that all the podcasts are treated equally. At the iTunes music store, a major politician could have as many listeners as some guy sitting in his living room talking about the Green Bay Packers.

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Q.) I know that other health-related professionals have a" technology proficiency" requirement. How can computer technology help me in my quest for an exercise-related entrepreneurial career?  

A.) We covered a number of ways to stay in touch with your chosen field last month. Many were technology-based and will help with person-to-person networking efforts. It's true that full professional functionality today requires proficiency in technologies such as presentation hardware and software (e.g. laptop projectors and PowerPoint), the Internet, email, a word processor, spreadsheet software like Excel, etc.  Beyond these, the basics of an html (web) editor like Front Page or Dreamweaver are reasonably easy to learn for many persons and local libraries may be able to offer free/ inexpensive instruction. One might even start reaching an audience of peers and clients via free personal space web pages (Geocities, etc.), which can be an introduction to creating and maintaining a web site. Further, as our guest editorial points out, podcasting has opened up a whole new media (i.e. radio, of a sort) to amateur broadcasters.

The real trick is to properly market your web presence, podcasts or services. Reaching and teaching the public about real exercise physiology will help the profession to materialize while it helps create income for your business. Remember, a web page or podcast can reach millions of persons or just one (you), depending on who knows about it. Getting listed on search engines, participating in online enthusiast groups such as those offered by Microsoft or Yahoo, and using the many podcast-related sites (e.g. Juice, iTunes,, Odeo and others) is a start.

Similar to podcast shows and the aggregators that retrieve them, a monthly email Newsletter like the ASEP-Newsletter can also help you automatically reach and keep track of your audience. Many Internet service providers (ISPs) offer this type of thing. The value of a newsletter is, of course, the fact that it is "push content" - information to which your clients subscribe. They don't have to go looking for it regularly. Your business services, blog, articles, or schedule of speaking engagements  appears on their screen regularly without their needing to actively look for your web page.

Remembering the professional responsibilities that go with your degree and certification as an exercise physiologist will help combat the large amounts of exercise-related junk that is out there. You are better prepared than a guru or personal trainer; show this to the public! Good luck!


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