About the FIT Lab:

Director:  Katie M. Heinrich, Ph.D.

  • The FIT Lab has a three-part mission of Research, Education, and Public Health.
  • It encompasses the L.I.F.E. Program and K-State CrossFit.
  • The Laboratory is located in Natatorium, Room 4.

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FIT Lab Research Assistants


Sarah Stevenson, PhD


Blake Johns

Hometown: Overland Park, KS


Jacob Jacquez

Hometown: Liberal, KS


Jake Frye

Hometown: McPherson, KS


Jenny Hauser

Hometown: Mission, KS


Katelyn Gilmore

Hometown: Aurora, CO


Rommi Loredo

Hometown: Santana, KS


Taran Carlisle

Hometown: Kansas City, KS


    Research Projects Pending

  • HIFT for Obesity Prevention, Fitness and Health Promotion in Military Personnel (July 2014; currently recruiting a PhD student to assist with this study)

   Current Research ProjectsIntervention Group Participants

  • Marketing Walking to Women and their Families
  • Affective Responses to Three Different Types of Exercise
  • K-State CrossFit Program Evaluation Study *Ongoing*
  • Physical Activity to Improve Survival and Quality of Life Among Cancer Survivors *In progress*

    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)
  • 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