Vol 5 No 6
June, 2001
ISSN 1097-9743

The ASEPNewsletter is devoted to informative articles and news itmes about exercise physiology. It is a monthly magazine of news, opinions, exercise physiology professionals, and events that shape exercise physiology. While it contains views and opinions of the Editor who oversees the ASEP Internet Websites, visitors can have a voice as well. We welcome interested practitioners, researchers, and academicians to e-mail the Publisher their thoughts and ideas or respond directly online via the ASEP Public Forum.
July, 2001

reddot.gif (297 bytes)4th ASEP National Meeting in Memphis
reddot.gif (297 bytes)Purpose of the ASEPNewsletter
reddot.gif (297 bytes)Update! EPC
reddot.gif (297 bytes)Accreditation
reddot.gif (297 bytes)Certification
reddot.gif (297 bytes)JEPonline
reddot.gif (297 bytes)PEPonline
reddot.gif (297 bytes)Hello...ASEP Members!
reddot.gif (297 bytes)Comments About Exercise Physiology as a Career
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From the ASEP Editor!
Welcome to the June issue of the ASEPNewsletter

ASEP is about change, and the following statements are important to all exercise physiologists.

"Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict."
Saul Alinsky (1909–72), U.S. radical activist. Rules for Radicals,“The Purpose” (1971).

"The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances."
Stephen Bayley (b. 1951), British design critic. Commerce and Culture, Ch. 3 (1989).

Congratulations to the new EPCs!
Congratulations to all those who accepted the challenge and are now Certified Exercise Physiologists.  From my experience on the certification committee, I can assure you it is a true test of the knowledge of an academic-prepared exercise physiologist. Be proud. "You did good" and I'm sure each one of you will represent the emerging profession of exercise physiology with high standards and expertise.

For the readers of the ASEPNewsletter, our new EPCs are:

Margie Debelak
Bob Fahey
Kim Juusola
Lisa Laine
Becky Olson 
Erin Rademacher
Jordan Rheingans
Michele Rothbauer
Jason Salomon
Aliisa Seppala
Sean Sutter
Jason Young

Again, congratulations to the "Certified Exercise Physiologists".

Accreditation Update!
Guidelines for the Accreditation of Undergraduate Programs in Exercise Physiology 
During the last week of April 2001, the American Society of Exercise Physiologists mailed 500+ letters and the Accreditation Guidelines to deans, chairs, and directors of academic programs throughout the United States.   Right now the process is under way to examine the applicants and begin the task of accreditation.  Thanks to those who applied and we look forward to continuing applications. 

Thank you!
Thanks Aliisa Seppala for your kind words in the ASEPNewsletter.  If each one of us spends just a small amount of effort working for ASEP the cumulative reward will be great. Thanks to Paul and Mark for their opinions on the ASEP Public Forum regarding the use of GXTs during rehab.  While I agree that they are useful I feel they may not be as necessary as we think.  We do need to measure progress and outcomes, but a GXT may not be the most cost effective way to do that.  Also, most patients are revascularized and their coronary anatomy is known leaving little need for the uncomplicated patient to have a GXT.  There will always be a need for some people to be stressed.  I am not sure it is for every heart patient who starts rehab. Thanks to our webmaster Tommy Boone for making the ASEP website easier to read and easier on the eyes.  The new style is great!
On Saturday, May 5, 2001 - the College of St. Scholastica, Department of Exercise Physiology in Duluth, MN will be an official site for the Exercise Physiologist Certified (EPC) exam.   Part I of the exam will start at 8:00 am, and Part II of the exam will start at 1:00 pm.  Presently, 15 candidates will sit for the EPC exam.

Update! EPC:  Certification in Memphis
The Board of Certification will hold a review of all complete files by August 31st for the September 27nd EPC exam at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.  Candidates will be notified in writing of the Boards' determination.  Please consult the EPC site for additional information. For an application, click here
May Issue: JEPonline 
The May issue is published.
Professionalization of Exercise Physiologyonline

Job Advertisements
The ASEP Board of Directors is happy to annouce an "Agreement" between the American Society of Exercise Physiologists and Michaela Conley, President and founder of HPCAREER.NET, IIc.  This Agreement outlines the terms under which HPCAREER.NET will share revenues generated through jointly advertised career opportunities. On-site conference services provided by HPCAREER. NET and collaborative marketing and promotional activities will incur no additional cost.  As of March 1, 2001 all ASEP advertisements will be handled by HPCAREER.NET, IIc.  The ASEP advertisement web page will be updated to reflect the change in policy, and to establish direct contact with HPCAREER.NET. Take a look at the FLIER.

Hello...ASEP Members!
 Start thinking about Memphis
Check out the meeting, instructions for presentations, hotel and more! Make plans to attend the Memphis meeting!!!!!

A Must Read!
Published in the ASEP Public Forum

Posted by: Patrick Ayres, M.S., C.S.C.S., E.P.C. (
Organization: LifeStyle Management 
Date posted: Thu May 31 10:45:16 US/Central 2001 
Subject:  Answers from an Exercise Physiologist 

I hope my information is helpful for you. Don't forget, my life as an Exercise Physiologist may be much different than that of an Exercise Physiologist in an academic setting or hospital. Hopefully you get several responses to get a representative "feel" for what Exercise Physiologists do. Okay, here we go. 

1) Describe a typical day. As a corporate fitness coordinator, I spent my day wearing several hats. My primary responsibility is managing the fitness center where the company I work for is contracted. I often start the morning with a client or two. The morning is filled with catching up on administrative tasks and program development (wellness incentive programs, team exercise challenges, organization of special events, etc). Mid-morning, I supervise a small group of employees who participate in a 15-minute strength training class. Mid-day is filled with more visitors in the center, so I spend time interacting with them by showing them new exercises, counseling them on their current exercise regimen, or educating them on the how and why of exercise. Another strength class in the afternoon, and often a personal training client or two towards the end of the day. 

2) What do you like most about your job? I enjoy educating and helping others. Turning a person on to any type of activity and watching them grow as a person who is more conscious of how daily decisions effect their health in the future. 

3) What do you like least about your job? On a daily basis, nothing. However if I had to choose one aspect, it would be dealing with arrogance and mis-informed individuals who claim to be experts on exercise with no formal education or training. 

4) What is the most difficult thing you have had to do on your job? Hmm. . . hard question. Maybe the most challenging aspect is to be creative enough to determine what makes a particular client tick. How can I design their program or their support network to enable them to reach their exercise goals? This often takes much thought and trial and error work. Persistence, patience, creativity, and a strong desire to help a person make a change in their life is well worth some of the difficult aspects of daily responsibilities. 

5) What is the most rewarding experience of your job? I've had several. This one comes to mind. . . I used to work with a 14 y.o. Client who was mildly obese. After about 9 months, working with him 2x a week, plus lots of hard work on his part, he lost about 7% body fat and gained over 10 lbs of muscle. He not only looked healthier, he carried himself differently and had increased self-esteem. 

6) Where did you attend school to get your degree in EP? B.A. in Exercise Physiology - College of St. Scholastic - Duluth Minnesota M.S. in Exercise Physiology- Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, IL 

7) How long have you been working in this field? I've been working in this field for about 7 years. Two as a physical education/exercise physiology lab teaching assistant. Two as an elementary physical education instructor. Two as a personal fitness trainer in a health club and as a community health educator/exercise physiologist. Lastly, the past six months as a corporate fitness coordinator and professional trainer. 

8) Describe the work environment, physical and mental.  My work environment is a corporate fitness center. My office is the desk within the center, so when the center is busy, I'm easily accessible. Mentally, my environment is stimulating. I'm often challenged by mis-informed employees regarding myths of exercise. I take the opportunity and the time to educate the individuals so they can be more informed about the hows and whys of exercise. 

9) What re the benefits (insurance, retirement, vacation, sick days, etc.)? I have full health insurance coverage, retirement plan available, full weeks paid vacation after my first year, sick days unpaid first year. 

10) With what other departments or personnel do you interact with during a typical week? Being in charge of facilitating activity in a company of 225+, I interact with all departments. Being contracted to manage this facility, I work closely and meet weekly with a human resource person to approve of certain activities and continually develop new programs and
redesign old ones. 

11) Is working as an EP part of a team-or do you work independently of others, how does this affect your work performance? Again, I'm in a unique situation. On a daily basis, I'm alone. I run the facility and have no staff. However, the company I work for (LifeStyle Management) has a diverse group of health care professionals (Athletic trainers, psychologists (sport, clinical), registered dieticians, massage therapists, other exercise physiologists, etc.), which I have direct access to. I have these resources to use for "brown bag" seminars here at the managed site. Thus far, one of our psychologists has done several seminars, and our dietician has also done one. I also design and present topics on topics which I feel are the most important at a given time (i.e., exercise adherence, strength training for the road, etc.) 

12) If you could live your life over, what career would you choose and why?  I would choose Exercise Physiology.  Because I love it! 

I hope this information helps. I tried to be thorough without getting into too much detail. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. 

Thanks for your interest in Exercise Physiology. 

With a smile, 
Patrick Ayres, M.S., C.S.C.S., E.P.C. 
Fitness Center Coordinator 
XIOtech Corporation, A Seagate Company
952-983-2356 (V) 952-983-2537 (F) 


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"Never cease to pursue the opportunity to seek something different.  Don’t be satisfied with what you’re doing. Always try to seek a way and a method to improve upon what you’re doing, even if it’s considered contrary to the traditions of an Industry.”  -- Howard Marguleas

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