About 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 tactical athletes, cancer survivors, youth, overweight/obese adults, and older adults, 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+).
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.
- The FIT Lab encompasses the L.I.F.E. Program and K-State CrossFit and is located in Natatorium, Room 4.
NEW: PhD Student Brittany Hollerbach is conducting a research project this fall comparing muscular strength, power, and endurance in college activity classes (CrossFit compared to traditional weight training). Brittany launched a crowdfunding campaign for her study through experiment.com. Please check it out and help support her research! #crossfitstudy
- 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
Current Research Projects
- Army Training at High Intensity Study (1R01DK0995; ATHIS website)
- Effects of Sport and High-Intensity Functional Training on Adaptive Athletes' Quality of Life
- An Epidemiological Examination of Reproductive Health in Female Law Enforcement Officers (dissertation research)
- A Comparison of Muscular Strength, Power, and Endurance among College Fitness Classes (see study updates here!)
Previous Research Projects
- Survey of Deployment Experience in Combat Zones (undergraduate research)
- 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)
- High-Intensity Functional Training to Improve Balance and Daily Function Among Older Adults: Functional Fitness Program (presentation, poster)
- 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 2, poster 3, manuscript)
- Investigation of Social, Behavioral, and Physical Factors Related to High-Intensity Functional Training through CrossFit (poster 1, poster 2, poster 3, poster 4, presentation)
- A Qualitative Study of Key Social and Behavioral Factors Associated with CrossFit Participation (poster 1, poster 2, manuscript)
- The Influence of a CrossFit Exercise Intervention on Glucose Control in Overweight and Obese Individuals (thesis, manuscript)
- 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)
- 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, manuscript)
- Survey of Kansas Policy-Maker's Attitudes towards Issues and Problems in Kansas (manuscript)
- Sunflower Trails Program Evaluation (manuscript)
- 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, BSATHIS Field Coordinator||Brittany Hollerbach, MSPhD StudentOverland Park, KS||Jesse Stein, MEdPhD StudentRoseau, MN|
Justin DeBlauw, MEdPhD Student
|Sarah Cosgrove, PhDPostdoctoral FellowCouncil Grove, KS||Victor AndrewsMPH StudentManhattan, KS||Lucas Dudgeon, BSMPH Student|
Cale HeplerMS Student
|Melitza RamirezBS Student||Brady KurtzBS Student||Katelyn Gilmore, BSMPH StudentAurora, CO||Ainslie Kehler, MKinPhD StudentNorth Vancouver, BC|
Additional Researchers: Daniel Winslow (BS Student); AJ Kloss