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Department of Kinesiology

    Department of Kinesiology
    Kansas State University
    1A Natatorium
    920 Denison Ave.
    Manhattan, KS 66506

    785-532-6486 fax

    F.I.T. Lab logoAbout the FIT Lab

    Director:  Katie M. Heinrich, Ph.D.

    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 active duty military, cancer survivors, youth, overweight/obese adults, and tactical athletes, among others. Policy and environmental research in the FIT Lab is conducted to investigate relationships between policies and physical activity in collaboration with a nationwide network of researchers through the CDC-funded Physical Activity and Policy Research Network-Plus (PAPRN+).

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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.




        Research Areas

    • Exercise interventions and health and fitness outcomes
    • Factors predicting exercise initiation, intentions, and adherence
    • Examining important aspects of physical activity/exercise policies at the local, state, and national levels

    Intervention Group Participants    Current Research Projects

    • Army Training at High Intensity Study (1R01DK0995; ATHIS website)
    • High-Intensity Functional Training to Improve Balance and Daily Function Among Older Adults: Functional Fitness Program (recruiting soon)
    • Identification of Intensity Levels During Long and Short Duration High-Intensity Functional Training
    • Confidence Improvement Through the Use of Push-up Modifications


    Gilmore poster    Previous Research Projects

    • Prenatal Exercise Guidelines: A Selective Review (manuscript)
    • Exercise Training to Improve Survival and Quality of Life Among Cancer Survivors (Johnson Cancer Research Center; (poster 1,poster 2poster 3manuscript)
    • Investigation of Social, Behavioral, and Physical Factors Related to High-Intensity Functional Training through CrossFit (poster 1poster 2poster 3poster 4presentation)
    • A Qualitative Study of Key Social and Behavioral Factors Associated with CrossFit Participation (poster 1, poster 2)
    • The Influence of a CrossFit Exercise Intervention on Glucose Control in Overweight and Obese Individuals (thesismanuscript)
    • Mission Essential Fitness (manuscript)
    • Affective Responses to Various Exercise Training Modalities
    • Fitness Gains from a Summer Youth Conditioning Camp (poster)

        Policy and Built Environment

    • Marketing Walking to Women and their Families (abstract)
    • Assessment of wellness policies within state health departments
    • Public Support for Active Transportation Policies (abstract)
    • Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention in Rural Built Environments (presentation)
    • Survey of Kansas Policy-Maker's Attitudes towards Issues and Problems in Kansas (manuscript)
    • Sunflower Trails Program Evaluation (manuscript)


    ISBNPA 2015• Teach evidence-based fitness using a core strength and conditioning program where needs ofparticipants 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.
    • Educate kinesiology, and other interested individuals on CrossFit methods through exposure to the program.





    Public Health:

    Class Orientation
    • 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.

    FIT Lab Researchers

    Bryan Heinrich
    Bryan Heinrich, BS
    ATHIS Field Coordinator
    Taran Carlisle, BS
    Hometown, Kansas City, KS
    Ainslie Kehler, MKin
    PhD Student
    Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
    Jesse Stein, MEd
    PhD Student
    Hometown: Roseau, MN
    Katelyn Gilmore, BS
    MPH Student
    Hometown: Aurora, CO
    Brittany Hollerbach, BS
    MS Student
    Hometown: Overland Park, KS
    Kyle Swinford, BS
    MS Student
    Hometown: Melbourne, FL
    Jake Frye
    BS/MS Student
    Hometown: McPherson, KS
    Cheyenne Becker, BS
    Hometown: Pratt, KS
    Victor Andrews
    BS/MS Student
    Hometown: Manhattan, KS 

    Additional Researchers: Tammi Paolilli, MS, Natalie Bennett (BS Student), Caleb Hepler (BS Student), Bradyn Nicholson (BS Student)

    Contact Information:

    (785) 532-7771