Kinesiology professor earns NIH grant to investigate high-intensity
functional training in Army personnel K-State Communications and Marketing
|Katie Heinrich, assistant
professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University, has been
awarded an investigator-initiated grant from the National
Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases for more than $2.52 million. (Photo: David
Katie Heinrich, assistant professor of
kinesiology at Kansas State University, has been awarded an
investigator-initiated grant from the National Institutes of Health's National
Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for more than $2.52
The purpose of the study is to test the effects of
high-intensity functional training compared to usual Army physical readiness
training on changes in body composition, health and fitness among active duty
Heinrich is co-principal investigator on the grant
with Carlos Poston from the National Development and Research Institutes,
Institute of Biobehavioral Health Research, in Leawood, Kansas. Craig Harms,
head of the kinesiology department in K-State's College of Human Ecology, is a
co-investigator. The grant also provides opportunities for graduate and
undergraduate research in Heinrich's Functional Intensity Training Lab. More
information on the lab is available at http://http//www.k-state.edu/kines/labs/fit.html.
Heinrich and her team will be working closely with the Command and General Staff
College and Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
on the best methods to achieve optimal physical fitness within the new Total
Force Fitness paradigm is a top priority of the Department of Defense health and
fitness community," Heinrich said.
Current physical fitness standards in
the Army Physical Readiness Training program and the Army Physical Fitness Test
have been judged inadequate for promoting soldiers' ability to meet the demands
of combat and modern military operations because they fail to achieve important
Total Force Fitness goals.
High-intensity functional training, which
Heinrich calls a promising exercise training approach, has gained popularity
among military populations because of its potential for delivering improved
performance, for aerobic, anaerobic and muscle endurance, and for greater
strength outcomes with substantially lower training volumes.
could address the increasing problem of overweight and obesity in the military
because of its potential for promoting fat loss, especially through increased
postexercise fat metabolism, Heinrich said.
"We expect the high-intensity
functional training program to be well-received by participants, due to the
shared experience of workouts that are constantly varied and challenging. We
feel that this type of program will better prepare soldiers for combat-relevant
fitness demands," Heinrich said.
Study results have implications for the
training of other occupational groups and may eventually be applied in the
treatment of different disease states such as chronic heart failure, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.