Clarence Bass at the Stark Center – Conference on Exercise Science and his New Book Take Charge.

By Stark Staff

Posted September 5, 2013

Join us to celebrate the new book Take Charge: Fitness at the Edge of Science and the lifelong achievements of author and bodybuilder Clarence Bass at a symposium on the role of science in exercise prescription.  Three panels led by world-renowned experts will discuss the implications of recent research on physical training.  The symposium will be held at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, a museum and research library dedicated to physical culture and sports.

This free public conference will be held on Friday, September 27th, 2013.  The Stark Center is located in the north end zone of the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin.  Events are scheduled from 10:30AM-5:00PM.  Guests are invited to tour the Stark Center and speak with panelists from 9:30-10:30AM.

Panel 1: Aerobics/Strength Alliance 10:30AM-12:00PM; Professor Edward Coyle (Univ. Texas) discusses new research suggesting aerobic training and strength training may not be the discrete categories we think they are.

Panel 2: The Rise of Intervals 1:30-3:00PM; Professor Joe Signorile (Univ. Miami) compares the effectiveness of interval training to steady-state aerobic training.

Panel 3: Forget Heavy, Think Effort 3:30-5:00PM; Professor Richard Winett (Virginia Tech Univ.) will speak on the importance of effort, not weight lifted, for muscle growth and retention.

Panel commentators include Professor Kevin Fontaine (Univ. Alabama-Birmingham); Dave Goodin, MS, personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder; Dean Brignac, gym owner; Parker Reed, recreational runner and lifter; Professor Wade Smith (Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine); and Doug McGuff, MD, gym owner and author of Body by Science.

University of Texas Professor Emeritus Waneen Spirduso, author of Physical Dimensions of Aging, will speak at a private dinner following the conference.  Clarence Bass will be signing copies of Take Charge, available for purchase, from 3:00-3:30PM.

For more information about Clarence Bass, visit his website at  Conference guests can stay at the nearby AT&T Executive Education Conference Center.  Reservations can be made online at or call 512-404-3600.


  1. Fredrick Hahn, December 10, 2013:

    I’ve been a subscriber to the Stark Center newsletter and was never notified about this event. Was this a private affair?

  2. Clarence Bass, October 30, 2013:

    A complete report on the conference with photos is now up on our website. It was a event never to be forgotten–thanks to the wonderful help and support from Jan and Terry Todd and their staff.


  3. Clarence Bass, October 10, 2013:

    A complete report on the conference will be posted with the November 1 Update on You’ll find early feedback there now:

  4. cslater, September 26, 2013:

    Unfortunately, no, there are no plans at this point to publish notes or proceedings from this meeting.

  5. Clay, September 26, 2013:

    Will notes from the event be published if we’re unable to attend?

  6. Stark Staff, September 6, 2013:

    Hello Ken,

    Registration is not required. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis. Lunch for audience members is on your own. There is a food court downstairs from the Stark Center. Many thanks for your interest.

  7. Ken O'Neill, September 5, 2013:

    One thing is not clear about this wonderful event: is registration encouraged, or it simply a drop-in event. Nothing is mentioned other than hotel reservation.

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