About the FIT Lab:

Director:  Katie M. Heinrich, Ph.D.

Student Research Poster

Research conducted in the Functional Intensity Training laboratory is focused on the effects of high-intensity functional training (HIFT) on fitness, health and psychosocial outcomes delivered in a group-based context. FIT Lab researchers investigate these factors for different populations including youth, overweight/obese adults, active duty military, cancer survivors and athletes, among others.

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The FIT Lab also promotes education and service by providing opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in exercise training through CrossFit.


FIT Lab Researchers



Sarah Stevenson, PhD
Bryan Heinrich
Bryan Heinrich
Field Coordinator
Katelyn Gilmore
MPH Student
Hometown: Aurora, CO
 Tammi Paolilli
MS Student
Hometown: Lone Tree, CO
Cheyenne Becker
Hometown: Pratt, KS
Jake Frye
Hometown: McPherson, KS


Taran Carlisle
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Victor Andrews
Hometown: Manhattan, KS


   Current Research Projects

  • HIFT for Obesity Prevention, Fitness and Health Promotion in Military Personnel (1R01 DK0995-16-01A1)
  • Physical Activity to Improve Survival and Quality of Life Among Cancer Survivors
  • Marketing Walking to Women and their Families
  • Affective Responses to Three Different Types of Exercise
  • K-State CrossFit Program Evaluation Study

Intervention Group Participants

    Previous Research Projects

  • A Qualitative Study of Key Social and Behavioral Factors Associated with CrossFit Participation (poster)
  • The Influence of a CrossFit Exercise Intervention on Glucose Control in Overweight and Obese Individuals (thesis, manuscript)
  • Mission Essential Fitness (manuscript)
  • Survey of Kansas Policy-Maker's Attitudes towards Issues and Problems in Kansas (manuscript)
  • Fitness Gains from a Summer Youth Conditioning Camp (poster)

    Research Goals

  • Understanding the effects of high-intensity functional training (HIFT) on fitness, health, and psychosocial outcomes delivered in group-based exercise classes.
    • Populations of Interest – youth, overweight/obese adults, active duty military, cancer survivors, and others.
  • Examining important aspects of physical activity/exercise policies at the local, state, and national levels.


  • Teach evidence-based fitness using a core strength and conditioning program where needs of participants vary by degree and not kind with the goal of providing broad, general, and inclusive fitness.  
  • Teach real life functional movements (e.g., squat, deadlift) in a group setting while providing individual feedback.
  • Class OrientationEducate kinesiology, and other interested individuals on CrossFit methods through exposure to the program.

Public Health:

  • To make functional fitness available to all regardless of ability level, pre-existing conditions, and financial status; to address rising rates of obesity through physical activity.  
  • Disseminate and promote knowledge of CrossFit training methodology to professional and lay community leaders.
  • To understand the key components and effects of physical activity/exercise-related policies.

Contact Information:

(785) 532-7771