Vol 3 No 2
February, 1999
ISSN 1097-9743 
ASEPNewsletter is devoted to informative articles and news items 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 to respond directly via the ASEP Public Forum
March 1999

--- What's News ---

President's Report
Dr. Robert Robergs has just recently submitted his  "President's Report." To read the complete report, click on January, 1999.

Student Chapters
Letters were mailed from the National Office to ASEP members encouraging them to develop an official ASEP Student Chapters, which reminds me that the Student Chapter at the University of New Mexico is online.   If you are interested in starting a chapter, contact either Dr. Robergs or the ASEP National Office (218-723-6297).

Be sure to click on the January 1999 issue of ASEP's exercise physiology journal. There are several research articles for your enjoyment.

223 members!
That's correct! We are an organization of 200+ members and still climbing.  To become a member, print the Membership Application and forward it to the ASEP National Office, or call an ASEP representative at (218) 723-6297, or visit additional web sites for more information via the Table of Contents.  Just for fun:Current weather at ASEP National Office

Guest Editorials - Anybody?
The ASEPNewsletter is seeking guest editorials -- brief commentaries on a wide variety of issues. Everyone involved in health, fitness, rehabilitation, and sports, including medical, business, management, psychology, teachers, and students -- is welcome to share insights, concerns, points and counterpoints on any issue that impinges upon the exercise physiology profession, including the:

  • changing role of exercise physiology,
  • professional directions,
  • clinical workplace dilemmas,
  • ethical issues,
  • politics and organizations,
  • licensure and regulatory issues,
  • certification,
  • education,
  • technology,
  • professional associations,
  • mentoring,
  • relationship among exercise physiology professionals,
  • healthcare providers, and

  • healthcare workers.
    To contribute a guest editorial, send, FAX (218)723-6472), or e-mail ( an essay and a brief biography. Send your contribution to ASEP National Office, College of St. Scholastica, Department of Exercise Physiology, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, MN 55811. 

    2nd Annual Meeting of ASEP
    The 2nd annual meeting of ASEP members will take place during October 14-16, 1999 in Albuquerque, NM at the Wyndham Hotel.

    ASEP Public Forum for Exercise Physiologists
    Check it out!

    Letters have gone out to specific ASEP members requesting their thoughts and ideas in written form to be published in the Professionalization of Exercise Physiologyonline journal.

    Interesting Web Sites
    MAF Fitness Newsletter

    Web Sites by ASEP Members 
    Odyssey Sport Technology
    [NEW]Take a look at this site.  It belongs to one of our own!  ASEP member Elaine George, M.A. is committed to innovation and successful development of sport and outdoor products.  What we offer... is an excellent page for analyzing the services of Odyssey Sport Technology.

    Medical Health & Fitness
    This site belongs to Eric P. Durak who is dedicated to promoting health and exercise through special products designed to improve the quality of life for cancer patients.  This is also an excellent contact point with a professional in who can make a difference in the quality of living. 

    --Just Thinking--

    Technology Transforming Exercise Physiology
    Instruction throughout colleges and universities has changed dramatically in the past five years as technology has been integrated into more academic programs.  For example, high tech classrooms are set up with:

  • teleconferencing,
  • internet discussions with distance learning via interactive television,
  • computers to capture and analyze physiological responses to different stressors,
  • computer statistical programs to interpret the data,
  • CD-ROMs
  • high fidelity sound systems,
  • video systems with slide and videotape pictures,
  • computer chat rooms and email, and
  • much more!
  • 2 + 2 doesn't add up anymore -- we need sound professional advice!
    It's the future of exercise physiology that is on line.  Going into a new millennium, 2 + 2 doesn't cut it anymore.  It's time for exercise physiologists to start talking to each other, sharing ideas and dreams, and combining their efforts for the good of all exercise physiologists.

    Certification: The Key to Moving Up
    To anyone reading this ASEPNewsletter, don't hesitate if you're going into exercise physiology, seek the EPC today (i.e., when it is available in October, 1999).  Now I realize that the examination isn't actually available to take today, but the point is obvious.  As many of you in exercise physiology (science) are nearing the completion of your college requirements, you probably are starting to think about your career in the workplace.  A well-thought-out plan now could enhance your success in the years ahead.

    An important part of your career plan should be your commitment to obtaining professional certification such as the EPC (Exercise Physiologist Certified).  The EPC designation, created by the American Society of Exercise Physiologists, is the best way for exercise physiology (science) professionals to achieve core competency in today's changing profession, enhance your career, and earn more money.

    EPC is the only certification specifically designed for exercise physiologists.  Think about it, and give your career the EPC advantage.

    Motivation and Professional Success
    Success in your job depends on many things, not exclusively on where you graduate, although that is important.  Your success depends an awful lot on self-motivation.  Your attitude, self-esteem, and self-actualization are probably more important than your academic grades.

    Begin today by applying yourself, whether in school or at the workplace.  Motivation is important.  Try to be the best you personally can be at whatever you are doing, and do so for the right reasons.  Don't do it to better others.  Rather, stay focused, work hard, and put your talents, skills, and abilities to work to help others.  Your grades or your job will take care of itself.

    Work on your communication skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills. These so-called soft skills are very important as you go through your college life and in the workplace arena.  Think about it.  It isn't complicated.  Get focused on what is important, and don't take your future lightly.  Your career is literally in your hands.  The choice is yours.

    Likewise, keep up with the professional developments in exercise physiology.  We encourage you to commit yourself to professionalism by joining and becoming a member of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists.  I also encourage you to support the development of ASEP Student Chapters at your institution.

    It's O.K. to be an ASEP Member With Membership in Other .....
    Really!  "...other organizations."  At no time have members of the Society felt it necessary to somehow limit interests in other organizations.  It's O.K., really, a significant number of ASEP members belong to other organizations.  I do!

    ASEP, however, is about doing things just for exercise physiologists.  Take the gamble if you're willing to work to help professionalize exercise physiology and send in an application to the National Office.  Our staff is devoted to individual attention.  You will get an ASEP commitment to work on behalf of all exercise physiologists.

    A path Without Direction Will Lead You Nowhere!
    Just recently a graduate student approached me and said, "From my reading of your articles on the internet, exercise physiology is coming to a fork in the road."   I asked, "Which way do you think we should go?"  He replied, "Where do you want to go?"  I answered, "I want to go down the road of building the profession of exercise physiology, not clinical exercise physiology."  He asked, "Do you think anyone understands the difference?"  I said, "No! That's the problem.

    However, I do think more of us will figure it out in time.  It takes time to create change.  But as partners in professional development, our partnering for success will ensure a path with direction.  The difference is our members.  They are professonals you can count on.

    As members, we share the opportunity and the obligation to build on the success of the Society.  When time permits, review the numerous initiatives outlined in the ASEP Charter pages and identify those in which you can participate.  Together, we can fulfill the complete intentions of greater control over our future.  The ASEP Board Members look forward to joining you in this team effort to make ASEP's 2nd year our most successful for our members and ultimately for our community of exercise physiologists.

    With an Eye on the Future!
    It should come as no surprise that ASEP is here to stay.  It is about "something old, something new."  In some ways, what is old is what exercise physiology isn't.  In other ways, young people today are as eager to associate with the new.  Their eye is on the future.  That's why we're here.  Looking for excitement?  Put us to the test.  Ask how ASEP solutions are helping exercise physiologists prepare for a better future.

    We want to hear from you.  We want your feedback!  We want to know what our readers think, and what is important to them.

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