Vol 3 No 9
September 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
    October 1999

    Editorial Policy/Call for Papers
    ASEPNewsletter Contents

The Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists 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.

President's Report

  • 1999 Annual Meeting: research abstracts
  • JEPonline looks great for October!
  • Teleconference between ASEP and ACSM
  • Letter sent to ACSM
  • Intiatives with other organizations
  • To read the complete report, click on July Report, 1999.
Student Chapters
    Interested in starting a Student Chapter at your institution, then contact Dr. Robert Robergs at 505-277-1196 or the ASEP National Office (218-723-6297).  The Student Chapter ByLaws and Constitution are on the Internet.
Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline
    The "first-ever" exercise physiology electronic journal, Be sure to click on the July issue of JEPonline.ASEP's exercise physiology journal. There are two research articles for your enjoyment.

    ASEP's electronic journals exist for exercise physiologists.  Each article can be printed either in HTML or PDF format, and can used in your work or as part of your classroom assignments.  As an author of an article in ASEPNewsletter, JEPonline, or PEPonline, you can list the work in your Resume' and other important documents.  There are no page charges to publish in the three ASEP documents.  ASEP meets the costs of publishing your work. What about copyright? Both e-journals and the newsletter are listed with the Library of Congress via their own ISSN numbers (International Standard Serial Number).

ASEP Membership Guest Editorial
    The ASEPNewsletter is seeking guest editorials -- brief commentaries on a wide variety of issues. Everyone involved in: health, fitness, rehabilitation, 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. 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, c/o Dr. Tommy Boone, Department of Exercise Physiology, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, MN 55811.
2nd Annual Meeting of ASEP  (October 14-16, 1999) Conference Facility -
Wyndham Hotel. Location - Albuquerque, NM (current weather)Robert A. Robergs, Ph.D.,FASEPConference Organizer, President - ASEP, Director – Center For Exercise And Applied Human Physiology, Johnson Center, B143, The University Of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1258, Phone: (secretary): (505) 277-2658, FAX: (505) 277-9742, Hosts, Exercise Science Program and the, University of New Mexico Student Chapter of ASEP, and The University of New Mexico
ASEP Public Forum for Exercise Physiologists.
What do you think of Mark Kaelin's response to "I am a physiologist" ?

Check out the two articles in the Professionalization of Exercise Physiologyonline journal.
Change and Transitions in Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology: A Perspective
What are your thoughts about the articles?

Interestingweb sites
Have you run across an interesting exercise physiology site?  If you have and would like it to be posted, please let me know via my email.

Scholarly Sport Sites
Master Muscle List
William Cooke, ASEP Member
Quincy Unviersity
Yahoo Maps
Stretching and Flexibility
LIN Just Published

physicaltherapy manQuestion? How many flexibility exercises are necessary for an athlete (or anyone for that matter), regardless of the sport? Please forward your response to the  address.


    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 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.

    Send all submissions to the Editor:
    ASEP National Office
    c/o Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP
    Department of Exercise Physiology
    The College of St. Scholastica
    1200 Kenwood Ave
    Duluth, MN 55811

    The Road to Fitness
    Tommy Boone

    sprint.gif (5496 bytes)The road ahead to fitness can be an incredible adventure or it can be an absolute failure.  The human body is an unexplored territory, where predictability is next to impossible.  Do adults who are enthralled by fitness and the possibilities it promises understand that it is not the answer to being healthy?  Fitness is one among many factors that influence one’s health.  Yet, endless magazine articles, television shows, and consensus conferences have created the notion that fitness is health.

    This almost unbelievable interest in fitness has resulted in thousands of people, some informed and others uninformed, going beyond reason in hope of unrealistic gains.  They exercise to exhaustion and do so day-after-day to reduce the risks of dying from heart disease without realizing that the disease is a multivariate problem.  Still others are driven by different needs.  They believe that increased fitness will empower them to cheat life’s wear and tear.  Some expect to increase longevity and prove that exercise is the panacea of society’s ills.

    But life is more than physical activity, although admittedly helpful and beneficial physically and psychologically, there are pitfalls!  Fitness for many Americans is more driven by who runs faster and has the best stomach muscles.  They are interested in being first and doing whatever it takes to refigure the way they look.  The heart of the problem is not our lack of the perfect body, but rather the unprecedented notion that we should have a perfect body.  There is also the problem (given the absence of absolute confirmation) with the suggestion that physical inactivity (thus the lack of fitness) is the cause of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, an colon cancer to mention a few.

    Interest in fitness has thus led to many destinations.  Some have enormous potential and should be applauded.  Other expectations are little more than entertainment.  A few are even dangerous!  For me, many of the 16+ million increase in baby boomers (35 to 59 years old) during the past seven years have doubtlessly responded to speculation and virtually boundless misinformation.

    To some extent, the search for a better life through better fitness is understandable.  But, simple formulas are seldom helpful and when adults develop the habit of believing any absurdity from the fitness industry, there is a problem.  That is, while a commonsense approach to fitness and physical activity may help promote psychological well-being, educated laypersons with psychological problems should not depend on their fitness status to correct their problems and/or diseases.

    The ultimate test of good and thoughtful information is the degree to which it causes healing to takes place from within.  Remarkably, the solution to change from within is frequently as simple as “taking responsibility for our health.”  I am convinced that the power of conversion in fitness thinking that guides a person’s life comes first from the person’s strong belief that fitness is the answer.

    Belief alone, however, can be a ticklish point particularly if it plays a key role in embracing extreme ideas that hurt more than they help.  Hence, a strong belief system without the power of critical reflection is seldom a safe system.  Without a serious and critical reflection of the value of fitness versus health, Americans will continue to confirm their personal bias while failing to seek disconfirming evidence.  This sort of failure in thinking is a problem because it results in unwarranted generalizations.

    Fitness in the 21st century should begin with the resources within you.  What do you think about the fitness clubs?  Do you need to belong to be physically fit?  What does it mean to be fit?  Are you healthy when you are fit?  What do you think about the fitness machines, weights, and classes?  Is the exercise at the gym worth it?  Do you feel better?  Should you strive to be emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically healthy, or physically fit?

    In that we are what we think, the key to defining the role of fitness in your life may come only after you have unleashed a never-ending personalized commitment to be healthy.  The direction may take you to the gym or it may cause you to act on a dream, an idea, or a place to think and/or pray.  The key ingredient to your success may be in the definition of what is appropriate or proper for you, your life, and your challenges.

    Forget about pursuing goals talked about or believed to be important by others.  Instead, explore what turns you on and sets your course toward better health (and fitness).  Ask not what someone else thinks is the desired fitness status to achieve, but ask yourself!  What is realistic for you?  Focus on your needs, and what you can learn from empowering yourself to act, think, and feel.  Convert your physical challenges into opportunities to realize your potential, and banish your fears and uncertainties.  Trust in your abilities to commit to act and to live your dream of attaining health and happiness.  Develop a plan to be creative and responsible to turn what is into what can be!

    This kind of thinking is more than adapting to a certain fitness look or measuring up to someone else’s standards.  The interpretation of what is important and what has meaning should come from within.  You must take control of your mind to take effective action and to improve the quality of your life.

    Hence, beyond the idea of fitness lies health.  Awaken the power within you that can help enhance states of health and well-being and, if you truly believe in your personal strength and endurability, you may well be on the right road that many have missed.  The search for fitness begins from within and not in the gym.  It is your belief in who you are and what you can do because your mind has the power to create reality and to exercise control over your health.  It is up to each of us to actualize our potential.

    Giving birth to a healthy state of mind and body is psychologically challenging because we have failed to listen and to make time for ourselves.  The foundation of 21st century health lies solidly in each person’s commitment and courage to face up to his/her specific responsibility to be healthy. So, if you are in limbo where to exercise and how to do it, stop and think what is right for you!

    While fitness often dictates uniformity and predictability, ignite the passion from within to surpass the simplicity that you are just a physical creature struggling to run faster, lift heavier weights, or to emerge as a TV look-a-like.  Dance in the joy of your strengths, both mind and body, and embrace the dawn of the 3rd millennium not as an unraveling fitness nut who is afraid of not buying the next new pair of running shoes, but as the person who understands individual responsibility and the work required to empower yourself.  Good luck.

    Trusting Relationships
    Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP

    It has been said that "...the challenge is managing to manage fairly." (1) Fairness in the ASEP organization may be defined as fair treatment of members in service delivered.  Members are essential to committee work and other services rendered to deliver the ASEP promise.  Fairness therefore is essential.  It is the essence of an enduring relationship that builds member motivation and retention.

    Enduring relationships share the same conviction that they can rely on each other.  Members trust each other, engage in open discussion and communication.  Participation in ASEP matters is essential.  Everyone in the organization can expect it, and everyone is supposed to pitch in given a strong sense of responsibility, cooperation, and shared goals.  Because the values and beliefs are so important to unity, they serve as a form of glue binding the members.

    Effective committee work requires that all members are treated with respect.  Committee chairs listen to feedback and ask questions.  They offer guidance, facilitate discussion, and provide a focus for interactive action.  They recognize the importance of tolerance and flexibility (2).

    That is the way it is with collaboration and relationships.  They are not static, but always changing.  What those in committees do with and to each other inevitably has an effect upon the outcome of the work.  ASEP committee members need to be close so as to reduce the possibility of creating a distance between members, otherwise the relationship among members suffer.  The lack of communication makes a difference in what is possible for each member within the committee (3).

    Since there is little trust and no true relationship if one person has all the power, all members must enter into a power-sharing commitment to fulfilling the work of the committee.  In the end, the key component of the ASEP organization is to make all members feel that they are, individually and collectively, involved in the professionalization of exercise physiology. 


    1. Bowen, D.E., Gilliland, S. W., & Folger, R. (1999).  HRM and service fairness: how being fair with employees spills over to customers. Organizational Dynamics. 27;3:7-21.
    2. De Vries, M.F.R.K. (1999). High-performance teams: lessons from the pygmies. Organizational Dynamics. 27;3:66-77.
    3. Fretheim, T.E. (1989). Prayer in the old testament: creating space in the world for God. Paul R. Sponheim (Editor). A Primer on Prayer. Philadelphia: Fortress Press. Pages 51-62.

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