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 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 (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.
- 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
Current Research Projects
- Army Training at High Intensity Study (1R01 DK0995-16-01A1)
- Exercise Training to Improve Survival and Quality of Life Among Cancer Survivors (Johnson Cancer Research Center; poster)
- Investigation of Social, Behavioral, and Physical Factors Related to High-Intensity Functional Training through CrossFit
- Marketing Walking to Women and their Families
- Assessment of wellness policies within state health departments
- Public Support for Active Transportation Policies
- Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention in Rural Built Environments
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)
- 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.
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
|Sarah Stevenson, PhDResearcher||Bryan Heinrich, BSField Coordinator|
|Katelyn GilmoreMPH StudentHometown: Aurora, CO||Tammi PaolilliMS StudentHometown: Lone Tree, CO|
|Cheyenne BeckerUndergraduateHometown: Pratt, KS||Jake FryeUndergraduateHometown: McPherson, KS|
|Taran CarlisleUndergraduateHometown: Kansas City, KS||Victor AndrewsUndergraduateHometown: Manhattan, KS|