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Are you interested in learning about the optimal time and intensity to be training for maximal fitness?

If so, Dr. Jinger Gottschall has a research opportunity that may be of interest to you. To participate, you must be between 20 to 55 years of age and train over 8 hours per week (with at least 10 minutes per week at an intensity greater than 85% heart rate max).  Examples of this intensity include: interval training during swimming, cycling, running, or group fitness classes; exercises that involve jumping, squats, lunges, or burpees; team sports such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, or rugby.  The study will include collecting heart rate data during your regular training sessions during a 3-week period followed by the completion of 2 high intensity training sessions on a single day. Dr. Gottschall is the professor leading this investigation within the Kinesiology Department. The purpose of this research is to assess the relationship between time and intensity for individuals who train regularly. We will collect survey data on your current activity, feelings, and sleep. In addition, we will collect 6 saliva samples during the high intensity session day to analyze substances related to stress. Each participant will earn a Polar A370 watch and H10 chest transmitter as well as feedback on their training quality.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Jinger Gottschall at 814.404.6639 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Required Study Dates:

Information Session and Consent (45 minutes):  

Friday, February 2 at 6:45pm or Sunday, February 4 at 1pm

Surveys, Exercise Familiarization and Heart Rate Maximum Test (90 minutes):

Saturday, February 10 at 1pm

Experimental Day_High Intensity Interval Training Sessions (2 x 120 minutes):

Sunday, February 25 from 10am-12pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm