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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
    • Tactical athlete fitness training and testing
    • 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)
    • The First 20 Exercise Training Program and Fire Academy Recruits' Fitness and Health (student thesis)
    • Confidence Improvement Through the Use of Push-up/Pull-up Modifications (student research)

       Previous Research Projects


    • Gilmore posterHigh-Intensity Functional Training to Improve Balance and Daily Function Among Older Adults: Functional Fitness Program (undergraduate research)
    • Identification of Intensity Levels During Long and Short Duration High-Intensity Functional Training (undergraduate research)
    • 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

    • The Impacts of Sit-to-Stand Desks in a Self-Contained Classroom for Students with Emotional Disturbances (undergraduate research)
    • The Campus Effect: Built Environment and Active Transportation at Kansas State University (student thesis)
    • Evidence-Based: Walking Groups in Rural Areas
    • Marketing Walking to Women and their Families (abstract, manuscript)
    • Involvement of Local Health Departments in Built Environment Decision-Making
    • 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)


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    • 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:

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    • 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
    Brittany Hollerbach, MS
    PhD Student
    Overland Park, KS
    Ainslie Kehler, MKin
    PhD Student
    North Vancouver, BC
    Jesse Stein, MEd
    PhD Student
    Roseau, MN
    Katelyn Gilmore, BS
    MPH Student
    Aurora, CO
    Victor Andrews
    MPH Student
    Manhattan, KS
    Kyle Swinford, BS
    MS Student
    Melbourne, FL
    Jake Frye
    MS Student
    McPherson, KS
    Lucas Dudgeon, BS
    MPH Student 
    Bradyn Nicholson
    BS Student
    Wichita, KS
    Cale Hepler
    BS Student
    Kasey Crauthers
    BS Student

    Additional Researchers: Sarah Cosgrove, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow); Daniel Winslow (BS Student)

    Contact Information:

    (785) 532-7771