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Issue: #1 January 2008
Dear Exercise Physiologists:

Thank you for being part of our community. ASEP is the specific voice for (historically under-represented) Exercise Physiologists. Please use this Newsletter as a link to ASEP resources from scientific journals to professional papers, to employment and related opportunities. And be sure to click on "More On Us" at the left for the ASEP-newsletter's parent web site!
-Lonnie Lowery, ASEP-Newsletter Editor 
Editor's Corner
editorialWhere is Exercise Physiology Headed? 

This month we finish exploring points on which I believe ASEP should focus. The last of the categories is:

5.) Justice

My last editorial in this series of what I'd personally like to see in ASEP's future surrounds a theme of justice. With regards to this editorial, definitions of the word might be "getting what one deserves (but not more)" or "being rewarded based on hard work and merit". Unfortunately, I cannot help but see certain injustices in today's health and wellness marketplace. For example, in my state, a person needs a license to cut hair but not to put a middle-aged, obese, hypertensive, arrhythmic client on a treadmill. I wonder if anyone else finds this kind of thing odd.


Too, there are health-related organizations aggressively policing and expanding their scopes of practice, which already reach into the realm of exercise physiology. In my state any weight management program must involve a registered dietitian to be "legal". Yet diet alone (e.g. kcal restriction) is well known to be largely ineffectual, in itself, for long term weight loss. (Not to say this involvement isn't hugely important; it is a necessary component!) What else has to be included to achieve more lasting client/ patient success? You guessed it: exercise. But there is no licensure for Exercise Physiologists (EPs) in my state or 48 others. Nowhere can one find governmental insistence that an exercise professional, similarly qualified in education and experience to a dietitian, be part of weight loss. This essential component is left to those with much less specific training (if any). With about 65% of Americans overweight and obese - and with so much at stake - I wonder if anyone else finds this to be odd.

[Ed. Note: See Dr. Tommy Boone's article in PEP-online this month regarding respect among other health professions in "21st Century Changes", found at:]


It wasn't until I was in graduate school that it started to sink in that some of my fellow Master's degree peers were graduating to take near-minimum wage positions as personal trainers. Six to seven years of university training, countless hours in the lab and at scientific meetings, often a huge personal and financial investment, and they were rewarded with $6.25 per hour. That is, when they were hired. Reality was prone to setting-in. To many club managers, expertise in high-pressure sales tactics are just as attractive as years of training and competence in exercise physiology. At times uneducated personal trainers or those with a six-hour investment and subsequent certificate were given the jobs over my peers who sported six years of effort. I, myself once went to an interview in which I was told that I must have a university degree or a certificate of some kind. Doesn't anyone else think this to be odd or unjust?


As I was about to graduate with my PhD, I started to contemplate my experiences and wonder how to address my upcoming role as a faculty advisor. Would I encourage my students to enter the discipline of exercise science (physiology), offering nebulous advice like "the world is what you make of it"? After all, there was injustice out there. Licensure and related pay/ recognition just weren't to be found. How would I balance my experiences in the "real world" with comments from my Dean addressing Departmental viability and the necessity of accepting tuition from hopeful students? "Bums on seats, Lonnie - bums on seats!"


Although I know such comments were tempered with a degree of responsibility and possibility, the reality is still difficult. I would argue that most exercise science students are not looking for a "personal enrichment degree", nor do they have an awareness such as one might find among certain humanities (philosophy, psychology, history, anthropology, etc.) that a Bachelor's is more of a stepping stone to further schooling. There is an unformed, back-burnered notion that something commensurate with their training awaits. Many are simply too busy getting good grades and fulfilling their curriculum requirements as they move toward the finish line of graduation. What lies beyond that finish line may take months to set in, at a time when former advisors have responsibilities to new and current students. Do others see injustice in this?


I wish I had a specific detailed plan to address such injustices. As the ASEP Board of Directors expands, I hope to find an individual up to the challenge of becoming a Justice Chair of sorts. This person would have the flexibility to form a committee that might do such things as start a mail campaign increasing awareness of our difficult academic cycle. That is, of churning out thousands of new students who end up working outside of their field in order to pay rent or have a reliable car. The advocacy could reach out to existing exercise science professors / advisors or to committees in other healthcare groups or to state legislatures. Perhaps a quarterly advocacy newsletter / flyer would suffice. I for one would like to offer some real world cases of bright exercise science grads who, despite the ability to discuss glycogen synthase at the drop of a hat, are landscapers or house painters.


So, as this series of editorials ends, I ask for your comments, your efforts and your willingness to volunteer. For years I have seen hundreds of subscribers and conference attendees keep a watchful eye on ASEP, that "slightly radical group that might just breakthrough at some point".  But such things don't happen without manpower and womanpower. We can make a difference and we can do so by working with other exercise and health-related groups.


All I need is an email from you. Together we can fix some of the injustices, some of which you may have experienced yourself.


For justice and health,

Lonnie Lowery

President, ASEP
Ask the EP
Q.) What are some factors affecting women and weight control?

A.) With the New Year, many of you will make resolutions concerning your health status. For many, there seems to be a common theme year after year. So, for starters let's discuss some issues with women and weight.

Let's focus upon women who are just beyond menopause, usually around age 50. Often they complain that doing the things they used to do no longer helps them manage their weight. Also, when they add pounds, the weight "goes to their middle".

They want to know what they are doing wrong and what kind of diet and exercise program will get them back on the right path and reduce their midsections. The good news is that this is typical for this population, so if you are experiencing it, know that you are not abnormal. The bad news is that it's a tough nut to crack. Women often will describe their current program, and it may include walking three or four miles several days a week. The diet sounds pretty good, too, with a reasonable number of calories. The things being done are right and should work. Why don't they? There may be several reasons.


Lost muscle mass

Muscle is the most prevalent tissue in the body (unless you are obese). It's high-maintenance, demanding lots of energy, even at rest. Muscle helps set the rate of metabolism and largely determines the number of calories you burn during the day. Men have considerably more muscle mass than women and burn more calories. As a result, it's easier for women to overeat, especially if they eat out often. Restaurants give men and women the same portions, despite innate differences. Men not only start out with more muscle mass, they tend to hold onto it longer. Typically, women start losing muscle mass in their 40s and their metabolic rate (which wasn't that high to begin with) drops in kind. Thus, even if you continued to do all the things that were effective in managing your weight in the past, they won't work anymore because of lost muscle. The solution? Hold onto your muscle mass and rebuild more if you can.


Resistance training (with weights) is big news nowadays because it helps weight management much more than was thought. The old view was, because lifting weights doesn't burn nearly as many calories as vigorous continuous aerobic exercises, like brisk walking and jogging, it's best to invest in aerobics. We now know that lifting weights and building muscle pays huge dividends by hyping metabolism all day long, and not just while you are lifting. A good exercise program will contain both aerobics and weight training.



Early in life, females tend to store more fat below the waist, on the hips, thighs and buttocks. Men generally store more fat around the middle. Hormonal shifts occur after menopause (less estrogen is produced), and females become more like males in their fat-deposition pattern.


Unfortunately, there is no special exercise program that effectively targets abdominal fat. Sit-ups and the like can strengthen abdominal muscles, but they probably don't burn much fat specifically in the midsection. [Surprisingly, new research suggests at least some local effects, however - Ed.] You cannot "spot reduce" in a dramatic way; in other words, no matter what all those ridiculous infomercials tell you.


Problems with other hormones can impact metabolism. The thyroid may become less active, and the insulin response may be blunted. Thus, it's a good idea to have a checkup and rule out such problems. Assuming your hormone profile is normal for your age, and if a brisk walking program and a moderate diet no longer work, you have a choice. Do more aerobic exercise, include a good measure of weight training under proper EP supervision, eat less and make better food choices. Or, if this is asking too much in terms of time, effort and sacrifice, simply accept that you no longer will look the way you did in your younger years. Focus on your health profile, and if that looks good, you can slide a little on the reflection in the mirror.

~Jonathan Mike MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Opportunities Related to Exercise Physiology
Assistant or Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology

The Department of Exercise Physiology at The College of St. Scholastica invites applications for a tenure track faculty position, starting September 2008, at the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (depending upon the candidate's credentials and experience).

Qualifications: Earned doctorate in exercise physiology or related field is required. Must have a strong commitment to teaching excellence in human anatomy (with cadaver dissection), electrocardiography, cardiac rehabilitation, and psychophysiology, and a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Responsibilities: Teach exercise physiology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, support the department's initiative with the American Society of Exercise Physiologists, supervise department internships, advise students, serve on department and college-wide committees, and engage in research and publish scientific papers.

Application information: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and academic experience. Apply online at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of an offer of employment. AA/EOE


ASEP Board of Directors with approval of The Center for Exercise Physiology-online developed the "EPC Petition Guidelines" for doctorate exercise physiologists to become Board Certified.

Exercise Physiologist

Exercise Physiologist (Staten Island) For residential & community based prgms, plan, coord. & implmt the dvlpmt of exercise & fitness prgms for individuals w/autism & dvlpmt'l disabilities. Establish cardiovascular health & wellness prgms. Perform health related fitness tests. Resp. for meeting exercise & physical activity reqmts prescribed for each individual. Bachelors in Physical Education & Masters in Health Sci. w/a specialization in Work (Exercise) Physiology. M-F, 9-5. Resume to: Ms. Barrafato, HR Director, On Your Mark Inc, 645 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301.

Assistant Professor of Exerecise Physiology
KINESIOLOGY DEPARTMENT, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, is accepting applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure track, assistant professor of exercise physiology, beginning September 8, 2008. Teach exercise physiology, sports nutrition, exercise prescription, and activity classes at the undergraduate level, and exercise physiology and research methods at the graduate level; develop and maintain research activities appropriate to academic responsibilities with external funding and occasional external validation; supervise undergraduate and graduate student research and PolyFit program. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, within the CSU assistant professor salary range.

Required qualifications: Completed doctorate in exercise/work physiology or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications: university teaching and research experience, American College of Sports Medicine/American Society of Exercise Physiologists certification (EPC) or ACSM RCEP; American Heart Association/American Red Cross BLS/ACLS; clinical, research, grant and publication history related to obesity/metabolic syndrome/chronic cardiopulmonary/metabolic disease.

Please visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG (search for Requisition #101451) for additional details and to complete an online faculty application; submit completed application to Requisition #101451, then follow the instructions for attaching the following documents to the online application:
(1) a curriculum vita
(2) copies of transcripts from all colleges attended (an unofficial copy of your transcripts may be submitted with this application, official transcripts with confirmation of Ph.D. will be required prior to any appointment)
(3) sample of scholarly work
(4) three current letters of reference
(5) a letter of application that includes your teaching philosophy and how that philosophy is incorporated in your teaching.

Please see online posting for instructions for mailing materials if you are unable to attach any of these to your online application.

Further department information can be found at: Kinesiology..Cal Poly State University or contact Steve Davis, Search Committee Chair,

Review of applications will begin November 26, 2007. Applications after this date may be considered.

Cal Poly is strongly committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The university actively encourages applications by all qualified individuals. EEO.

Exercise Biologist

Washington State University Program in Health Sciences (Exercise Physiology and Metabolism) invites applications for a nine-month, full-time, permanent, tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor (depending on qualifications) located at the WSU Spokane campus. Position is available August 2008.
Position Description: The successful candidate will be expected to teach, maintain a focused line of research with significant extramural funding, and participate in the service missions of the university. Required qualifications include a doctoral degree in a relevant area before first date of employment and evidence of scholarly productivity with potential for extramural funding. Preferred qualifications include post-doctoral experience in an area relevant to exercise biology with research emphasis in, but not limited to, cellular signaling, molecular, genomic, and/or proteomic approaches to address the role of exercise in chronic disease prevention or management, and excellent communication skills. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicant screening begins November 1, 2007.
To apply, send the following items to the Search Committee Clerical Manager (see below):
·Letter of application addressing qualifications and responsibilities
·Curriculum vitae
·Names of three references with mail and email addresses and phone numbers*
·Narrative of research plan, including information on grant applications recently submitted (abstract, agency to which it was submitted, amount requested, status of funding) and planned (title, brief summary)
·Statement of teaching philosophy
*References will not be contacted until candidate approval is secured.
Send information to:
Saren Kennedy
Search Committee Clerical Manager
Attention: E. Carolyn Johnson, PhD, FACSM
College of Pharmacy
Washington State University Spokane
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
PH: (509) 358-7630
FAX (509) 358-7627
(PDF format preferred)
For more information contact:
E. Carolyn Johnson, PhD, FACSM
Search Committee Chair
Associate Professor
Program in Health Sciences (Exercise Physiology and Metabolism)
College of Pharmacy
Washington State University Spokane
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
PH: (509) 368-6733
The complete job description is available at: and
WSU is an EEO/AA Educator and Employer.

Exercise Physiologist, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Part Time, Days/Flex, 40 Hours Biweekly
As the premier healthcare facility in Bucks County, PA, and its most comprehensive, we offer more as a healthcare provider and as an employer. Expect to be challenged to new levels at our exceptional facilities, including the county's only state-accredited Trauma Center, an impressive Heart Center, a regional Cancer Center, a major orthopedics program and exceptional women's services. But also expect to find greater satisfaction with our friendly environment, great benefits and inspirational setting on a beautiful 53-acre campus.
Bucks County's premier medical facility can offer you a competitive compensation package, including competitive salaries with increased rates. Full benefits after 1st month of hire, including pension plan, 403B, free parking, tuition reimbursement and on-site childcare.
Responsible for providing monitored exercise therapy and patient education for the Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program, both inpatient and outpatient.
Our successful candidate must meet the following qualifications:
· Bachelor's degree & ACSM certification as Exercise Physiologist/Exercise Specialist required
· Experience a must
· Master's degree & ACLS would be assets
To apply, please visit or contact:
Kelly Shallcross
Nurse Recruiter
Phone: 215-710-2445
Fax: 215-710-5190
Director - Consumer Experience Lab

Location: Kohler, WI


Under the direction of the Vice President-Industrial Design this position will have knowledge in areas that include biomechanics, psychology and physiology towards gaining a deeper understanding of tomorrow's consumer. With the benefit of trend sighting and contextualizing, focus in on the future influences and changes that effect people. Have connections to outside experts with the knowledge and foresight to bring the right resources together as needed. Uncover opportunities in the form of desired experiences, methods to benefit issues based on health, well-being, aging, injury, etc. that will enhance the lives of our target consumers.

Areas of study for this group include:

Trend sighting and contextualizing
Domain mapping that supports Strategic Planning and NPS
Consumer/User targeted learning in the following areas:
Biomechanics, psychology and physiology
More specifically to Kohler -- Personal hygiene, hydrotherapy, sensory impact, the aging process, health and wellness, bio-mechanics and cognitive thinking
Identify new product opportunities as result of above learning.
The basic ergonomics of safety and comfort.
Support the NPD community with concept testing
Understand Global differences relative to the above
User interface design

Must be highly motivated to lead a creative team of researchers, project teams and consultants, staying ahead of our competitors in all aspects of innovation. This research lead focus must take Kohler ahead in time, yet maintain a solid foundation.

This team-spirited individual must be able to lead through demonstration, influence, skill, and passion for the work. Someone who can draw the best from their associates while maintaining a happy, healthy work environment and demonstrates knowledge and abilities in the areas of current trend mining methodologies, an understanding of and an empathy for a changing world culture. Strive toward comprehension of basic business principles.

A Masters or Doctorate Degree in a sociology, psycho-physiology, psychology, or anthropology with emphasis on product design applications. Eight to ten years experience.


Thank you for perusing our opinions, facts and opportunities in this edition of the ASEP-Newsletter.

Lonnie Lowery
American Society of Exercise Physiologists

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