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What is the Point of a Professional Organization?
President:Steve Jungbauer
6th National Meeting
Seize the ASEP Dream
2003 Renewal Notice
Editorial Policy 
Submitted Papers


Vol 7 No 5 May 2003 
ISSN 1097-9743

New Leadership
Editor: Jesse Pittsley

Sir William Osler, 1895, said it best: “Everywhere the old order changeth, and happy those who can change with it.” 

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New Leadership 
Editor of the ASEPNewsletter
Jesse Pittsley

Aside from my monthly editorial, Ithink it is especially important to highlight again our new ASEP President, Steve Jungbauer, MA, MBA, FASEP, EPC of Indiana.  As many of you know, Steve has been intimately involved in ASEP at the state and national levels on behalf of exercise physiologists.  His work towards obtaining licensure for exercise physiologists is well known.  He will no doubt bring strong leadership and management skills to ASEP as we move forward.
Indiana continues to lead the nation in the collection and analysis of outcomes in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Since Indiana began collecting outcomes in 1997, the project has grown tremendously thanks to the efforts of many people.  Take a look at his work: A Manual for Measuring Clinical Program Outcomes in Weight Management [compiled and written by Steve Jungbauer].  Indiana Outcomes Data is being used across the country to provide information to third party payers that supports the use of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Okay, what about a little history question?  Check this out.....what issue of ASEPNewsletter was the following news published in?
"The Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists (IAEP) Board of Directors voted to affilitate with ASEP.  The ASEP National Office has received the "Memorandum of Understanding" (otherwise known as the "Agreement") from the President of the IAEP.  Officially speaking, IAEP is first state association to affiliate with the American Society of Exercise Physiologists.  ASEP is grateful to one of its own: Steve Jungbauer, MA, MBA for his work on behalf of this Agreement.  Thank you Steve.  Job well done!  IAEP made history this summer!"
I should also point out that Steve Jungbauer is a member of the Board of Certification.  Click here for additional information about the "Exercise Physiologist Certified" Manual. There is more, much more, but for the moment....take a look at the IAEP web site.  Notice that the 6th ASEP National Meeting is already up and advertising.  Great work.  For more information about the Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists, click here.

As editor of the ASEPNewsletter, I look for great work from Steve Jungbauer.  I am pleased to introduce his first of many motivational pieces, leadership directives, and vision for all exercise physiologists throughout the United States. 

What is the Point 
of a Professional Organization?
Steven Jungbauer, MA, MBA, EPC, FASEP
President: American Society of Exercise Physiologists

Over the past several years, I have received several alarming messages that have had substantial impact on exercise physiologists (EPs). The most recent I received was an email in late March 2003. It appeared to indicate that EPs were being demoted in healthcare to the level of an untrained aid by United Government Services (UGS). This was a result of their interpretation of CMS guidelines. The impact of the interpretation appeared to the email sender and others to be the end of any hope they ever had for professional recognition in healthcare. This is a professional issue that should be addressed by a united and strong professional organization. 

Since I now serve as ASEP President and represent professional exercise physiologists, I will continue to address this and similar issues.  For example, while some exercise physiologists understand the role of ASEP as the national professional organization, many others do not see ASEP as the leading EP organization.  In some cases, their opposition to ASEP continues to hinder our profession and will, without their understanding and change, be responsible for the delay in professional status for EPs in healthcare.

Similarly, for years, exercise physiologists working in healthcare have voiced their concern regarding professional issues such as licensure.  Despite their loud voice outside of the ASEP organization which has not advanced the field, a great case could be made to support the conclusion that there has been significant change in the status of exercise physiology since the founding of ASEP.  There is now increased emphasis placed on professionalism and the importance of a professional organization as the primary building block not just for licensure, but for academic accreditation, board certification, and increased career opportunities.  And, yet more work needs to be done to move exercise physiology forward as a healthcare profession.  To help make this shift...

1. Exercise physiologists should share in a common vision of self-governance through ASEP.  It is the only national organization exclusive to EPs. 

2. Exercise Physiologists should support ASEP with their time and money. Passionate professionals work with financial resources to create change and build professional strength.

3. Once we understand the importance of one exclusive national professional organization for self-governance, we must exclusively support ASEP certification and accreditation without exception. 

Profession building is not really rocket science. We can learn from some of the great professional models. Over the next year, challenge yourself to bring this message of profession building to every exercise physiologist you meet, I will.

The 2004 annual meeting and conference will be held on April 1-3 at the Radisson Downtown in Indianapolis. Mark you calendars now and plan to attend.

Professionalization of Exercise Physiology
-A Great Idea Going Amazingly Unheard-
Editor of the ASEPNewsletter
Jesse Pittsley
“As a result, we must come to accept that it is not the only the logical embrace of a great idea, but it’s successful marketing and the emotional ties that such strategies create, that will make something obscure become commonplace.” 
I remember getting a pair of Nike Air Max shoes when I was in 8th grade. They were close to the first pair released to the have the visible air bubble in the sole of the shoe, and because of that, they were quite the rage in the athletic apparel line.   My parents never really allowed me to have too many items of “cool clothes” when I was growing up.  My parents memories held firm to their “I had one nice outfit and my dad bought it used,” upbringing.  The idea of paying a lot of money for something that could be bought for half the price, while possessing the same functionality, was beyond their understanding.  Furthermore, I was, and still remain, short, skinny and pasty, and no “name brand” threads were going to save my social status at Central Jr. High School in Superior, Wisconsin. 

My parents were smart with their money and I knew they would never buy the shoes I dreamed of at the normal retail price.  Sadly for me, it is rare for shoes so popular to ever find their way to the clearance shelf in the stores.  Nevertheless, I had seen classmates in school have the “cool” shoes and I was dreaming of owning a pair. One miraculous day the sunlight must have glistened off my Trapper Keeper in a perfect trajectory.  For, while walking through a local mall, I found a pair of Nike Air Max running shoes for an astoundingly low price on the clearance rack at local shoe store.  After several minutes of begging and declaring to my parents that I was going to take tremendous care of the shoes, I convinced them to make the purchase. 

I felt like a new man walking down the halls of school the next day. I remember staring at my feet everywhere I walked.  Looking back, it’s amazing to me how blissful having those shoes made me feel. Unfortunately, despite my enhancement in footwear status, I still was not elevated to the upper social class of my grade.  I still remained a little nerd with tape on his glasses wearing “hand me down clothes” from a second cousin he didn’t remember meeting.  I mean seriously, what was I thinking?  How far up can a pair of trendy shoes take the school’s Chess champion? 

A crucial fact that I have not shared, and one is the vital to the point of this story is that I bought this pair of en-vogue running shoes two years before I ever thought about being runner.  In fact, the only dream I had during that time was of being a great basketball player.  I remember practicing basketball for hours on outdoor courts around the town and sleeping with a basketball in my bed. Sadly, not only did I not become a great basketball player, but also in a short amount of time the lateral movements, rough pavement, and quick stops destroyed my fashionable flyers.  Within a few weeks, the bottom of the soles had worn through, the toe box had began to rip, and my tickets to teenage status had plummeted to the final depth of all active footwear, the lawn mowing shoes. 

Those shoes probably would have been good for running, but they sure as heck were not made for basketball.  The rigors of my lifestyles were too much for that type of shoe design.  So why did I buy them?  I made a simple and rather common mistake.  I bought into what was popular, even if it wasn’t the best for the situation.   I would have been a lot better off with a something better suited for my lifestyle, but I allowed external pressures improperly influence me.  It’s so easy to follow a trend.  Furthermore, it is often perceived that following a tend will elevate our status and put us into the “in” crowd.   This may true, but what we should all question is whether the “in” crowd is where we need to be.

In a culture dominated by marketing, it is not always the best product that is purchased.  It is often the most popular that is invested in.  This phenomenon can been see in everything from fast food to cars.  People can often be swept away into doing what may not be the most logical action.  We often think that those who are educated are less likely to allow other variables besides logic to control many of our professional choices, but this is not the case. 

It appears illogical to me that exercise physiology has been led by a multi-discipline organization. It also appears very illogical to me that when an exclusive organization for EPs establishes it’s existence that many do not seek to embrace it.  But, unfortunately, although some may argue differently, not even logic is concrete.  And perception will always play a role in even the most rigid of critical reflections.  As a result, we must come to accept that it is not the only the logical embrace of a great idea, but it’s successful marketing and the emotional ties that such strategies create that will make something obscure become commonplace. 

The Making of a Profession...

The following paragraph was written by Dr. Tommy Boone, co-founder of ASEP.  As editor of this monthly newsletter, I think that it is important for each of us to remember that singly and collectively -- we are responsible for our future.  Please read again what he said, and please think about it. 

"Change of this magnitude (the ASEP vision) 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 will remain active for an undetermined period of time. 

Seize the ASEP Dream
-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.

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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