Questions for Dr. Westcott:
1) Q. You recently won the Alumni Recognition Award from Penn State University ... why did they select you?
A. The Alumni Recognition Award from Penn State University’s College of Health and Human Development was an unexpected honor based on both professional contributions (e.g., research, publications, presentations, etc.) and personal service (e.g., workplace, community, colleagues, etc.). Apparently, I was selected due to my accumulated achievements and service in these areas over the past 35 years.
2) Q. You have written 20 books and hundreds of articles over the past 35 years ... what keeps you interested and motivated?
A. My most pressing professional interest is conducting practical research studies in the areas of muscle-building and muscular fitness. The results of our many muscle-building studies provide pertinent information on safe, effective and time-efficient exercise protocols that I feel compelled to share in books for both fitness professionals and exercise participants.
3) Q. What exactly do you do for the United States Military, and how did you get involved?
A. I have been privileged to conduct several muscle-building studies for the United States Navy and one major research project for the United States Air Force. Most of these studies examine the effects of various programs of muscle-building exercise (e.g., high-intensity training, circuit training, etc.) on muscular fitness, as compared to traditional conditioning techniques (e.g., calisthenics based, running based, etc.). The results of this research have been most impressive, and have led to the publication of two fitness books that were used by the United States Navy.
4) Q. How many years did you provide service to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and what was the most interesting thing that happened to you during your involvement?
A. I served as muscle-building consultant to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for eight years during the Reagan administration, and reported directly to the Council Director, Dr. Ashe Hayes. My most eye-opening experience during that time was the extremely low scores attained on muscle strength assessments by boys and girls in all grade levels in public schools. For example, only one of every two students could complete a single chin-up.
5) Q. Your lecture schedule is hard to believe ... how many talks did you give last year, and which audience connected best to your message?
A. During the past several years, I have given about four presentations/ lectures/ workshops every month. My presentation schedule is split almost equally between regional and national venues. My most reinforcing presentation last year was to the very large audience of college, commercial and military fitness professionals at the Athletic Business Conference in Orlando.
6) Q. How many reporters interviewed you during the past 12 months, and which story did you find most interesting?
A. I typically accept interviews for two to six reporters every week of the year. Although the interview process can be time-consuming, I always enjoy answering questions on exercise, and I certainly appreciate opportunities to share relevant fitness information with those interested individuals who read these journals and magazines. I was extremely pleased with the article that was recently published in the AARP Journal, as retired persons can benefit more than any other age group from sensible muscle-building exercise.
7) Q. Which national magazines do you work with, and what are your responsibilities?
A. Over the past several years I have served as fitness/ muscle-building editorial advisor for the following national publications:
*Prevention Magazine *Club Industry Magazine
*Men’s Health Magazine *American Fitness Quarterly
*Shape Magazine Magazine
*Fitness Magazine *Journal of Senior Fitness
*Fitness Management Association Magazine
My usual role is to review articles in the areas of exercise, fitness and muscle-building, as well as to periodically contribute my own articles for publication.