Copyright ©1997-2004 American Society of Exercise Physiologists. All Rights Reserved.


 November 5, 2004
 Vol. 8 No. 11
 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

What's New?


November BOD Editorial
"From the ASEP President"
Matt Wattles, MS
Meta-Analyses Do Not Support Performance of Multiple Sets or High Volume Resistance Training
Richard A. Winett, Ph.D., CRHB 
ASEP Survey


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

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

Seventh Annual Meeting Abstract Submissions
Due Date: December 15, 2004
The ASEP Editors
Ask the Professor
Have Your Question Appear Online!

with Dr. Don Diboll



Editorial from ASEP's President

Dear Exercise Physiologists,
I want to update you on what ASEP has been doing on your behalf.
ASEP continues to work hard for EPs throughout the country. ASEPs mission is to advance the profession of the Exercise Physiologists and we will not waver from our mission.
In June of this year, ASEP developed its strategic plan for the year. Included in this plan were 84 specific goals in 11 different areas. The areas we focused on were: Accreditation, Annual Meeting, Certification, Communication, Finance and Budget, Licensure, Marketing, Membership, Sponsorship, State Association and Website. To date, we have accomplished 36 of these goals.

ASEP is working with legislatures in Minnesota and West Virginia to seek title protection and state licensure for exercise physiologists this legislative session. ASEP believes that state licensure will accomplish many things for exercise physiologists: It will help protect public safety by regulating who can practice exercise physiology. Licensure can legitimize the exercise physiology profession. It will help protect our scope of practice from encroachment by other professions and help define exercise physiology as a true profession. Licensure will help increase EP career opportunities and EP salaries by increasing demand for licensed professionals. ASEP will keep you updated as to the status of licensure in these states. ASEP has also developed licensure initiatives that compose of three elements. 1) Determine what states are ready for licensure, 2) Help state associations develop strong, effective state licensure plans, 3) Help state associations develop licensure marketing campaigns.

In the past few months, the ASEP marketing committee has made tremendous strides in increasing the awareness of exercise physiologists and laid the groundwork for future marketing efforts. ASEP starting by developing an infrastructure of email and traditional mailing addresses of exercise physiologists from across the country. This process, though a long and tedious task, was an important step that needed completion. The marketing committee also developed many important documents to educate exercise physiologists about ASEP. Three documents were developed, one focusing on the mission and benefits of ASEP, a second document focusing on academic accreditation, and a third document outlined the Exercise Physiology Certification and provided a comparison to other certifications. Recently, the ASEP marketing committee has developed postcards providing important upcoming events and a PowerPoint presentation that is available on the website.

This summer, ASEP first launched their marketing efforts via an email sent to thousands of exercise physiologists outlining the mission and need for ASEP. This was followed in October by a mass postcard mailing to exercise physiologists that will announce important upcoming dates for ASEP. ASEP then plans to produce and send a brochure mailing this winter that will provide more detailed information on the many different aspects of ASEP. This brochure will be followed by focused mailing in the spring, including targeting human resources departments to educate them about the EPC and colleges and universities with information about academic accreditations.

Of course, these marketing efforts are not cheap. In an effort to provide an infusion of capital to help offset the cost of marketing, the ASEP marketing committee is also trying to raise awareness of ASEP to potential sponsors by contacting numerous companies that were identified as potential sponsors. This will help ASEP increase funds to make future marketing efforts and other important projects possible.

As you know, the American Society of Exercise Physiologists is an important organization to the growth and professionalization of exercise physiologists. However, the potential of this organization cannot be realized until we are able to utilize the expertise, knowledge and skill of more exercise physiologists that are concerned about the future of their profession. ASEP has had many loyal members that care about ASEP and the professional development of exercise physiology. Now, we are hoping members feel it is time to take the next step, and become and active participant in the society. Basically, we need your help!

ASEP has several committees through which you can become more involved. Below is an outline of a few committees, as well as contact information.

Accreditation Academic accreditation is an important component to developing any profession. Please contact for more information.

Annual Meeting This years annual meeting will take place on April 8 & 9, 2005 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Please contact to get involved.

Certification Certification of exercise physiologists can be completed through the EPC exam. For more information on hosting an EPC exam, contact

Licensure Licensure is the ultimate goal of most exercise physiologists, helping to secure jobs and the profession. To learn how to get involved in the licensure effort, contact

State Associations- ASEPs rapid growth is due to the grassroots efforts at the state levels. States will need to be organized as regulation is a state issue. To learn more about starting a state association, contact

Currently, ASEP has few individuals trying to do the work of many. With your help, and the help of others, ASEP is poised for rapid growth and, most importantly, further establishing the profession of Exercise Physiology.

Annual Meeting
Plans are already underway for the ASEP 7th Annual Meeting and Conference on April 8 & 9, 2005. This years conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. This provides an excellent location for the meeting, with easy access to the airport, restaurants, Mall of America, and other points of interest.
Abstract submission for the meeting is underway, and the deadline for submission is Dec. 15, 2004. Accepted submissions and schedule of presentations will be announced on January 15, 2004. This year, all submissions can be completed online through the ASEP website. Topics focusing on research, clinical, and professional issues will be discussed. Last years meeting was a huge success, with 100% of attendees stating they would recommend the conference to a colleague. This years conference promises to be just as successful. Anyone interested in participating in the planning of this meeting can contact Matt Lehn at

Exercise Physiologist Survey
The profession of Exercise Physiology needs your help! ASEP has developed a comprehensive online survey that will help the ASEP leadership better understand and serve the exercise physiology profession. You can access the survey by clicking on the link below:

The survey will be available online until 02/01/2005. Please complete the survey as soon as possible and forward the survey to as many exercise physiologists or students you know! The results of the survey will be presented at the 7th ASEP National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

ASEP has stayed the course and will demonstrate that it is an exciting time for professional exercise physiologists. ASEP will continue to work hard on behalf of EPs throughout the country.

Matt Wattles, MS
President - ASEP

Ask the Professor

with Dr. Don Diboll 

Q.) I would like to know what the difference is between the certifications that your organization offers as compared to the ACSM/ NASM/ NSCA/ ACE certifications.

Thank You,
Natalie Palmer Stewart

A.) Dear Natalie,

This is a very good question. To begin with, many of the certifications have a slightly different focus or emphasis compared to others. For example, NSCA certifications are designed more around strength and conditioning/performance enhancement. NASM certifications have a focus on muscular fitness, including performance enhancement, but additionally emphasize identifying muscle imbalances and other kinetic chain disorders along with developing an exercise plan that corrects these problems prior to building muscular strength and power. ACSM has a number of certifications that fall within two general categories; one which addresses overall basic fitness for the generally healthy population, the other which is more clinical in nature to include the fitness needs of certain populations such as those needing cardiac and/or pulmonary rehabilitation. Many of these certifications are good [...while many others are not. -Ed.] with respect to the content knowledge that they address and test. However, not all of them test for hands-on applied skill, which is an important element relative to professional qualifications.

The ASEP Exercise Physiologist Certified (EPC) certification tests for both content knowledge and hands-on applied skill. This knowledge base and skill set are derived from what a well-rounded student graduating from a sound exercise physiology academic program should know and be able to do.

What makes the ASEP certification different from all others is that it is part of a bigger picture to improve the professional identity and career opportunities for the bachelors- and masters-degreed exercise physiologist. More specifically, the EPC certification process will require that individuals graduate from an accredited exercise physiology program in order to become certified. This will establish higher standards and greater continuity of the education process required for certification. Ultimately, the ASEP goal is to have this clearly identified educational and certification process be part of the foundation for establishing professional licensure for exercise physiologists. Along with a well-defined scope of practice, this will insure a clear presence in the professional health care arena. ASEP is the only organization working toward this particular goal for exercise physiologists.       


Important Dates to Remember - Annual Meeting & EPC Exams!

***December 15, 2004 Abstracts due for ASEP 7th Annual Meeting and Conference***
(Abstract submission can be made online at


January 15, 2005 Abstracts awarded
(Abstracts awarded 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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And keep in mind: For more information on professional scope of practice, professional standards and code of ethics for exercise physiologists, accreditation of academic programs, board certification examination, and other important tasks already completed by ASEP in establishing a profession, visit:

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