A grant of more than $2.52 million has been awarded to an assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University, who aims to compare the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with usual Army physical readiness training among active-duty military personnel.

The professor, Katie Heinrich, received the grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Her study, she said in a press release from the university, could shed light on the issue of obesity in the military because of the potential HIIT offers for promoting fat loss through increased post-exercise fat metabolism.

“A study that looks at the effects of HIIT in comparison with a rigorous exercise program like that of the U.S. military is deeply significant for the fitness industry,” said Eric Willin, COO of EZFacility, a fitness center management software developer in Woodbury, New York. “Given the popularity of HIIT-focused programs, an understanding of how they compare with Army-style exercising could help gym, health club, and fitness center owners better understand how, where, and how much to incorporate and promote HIIT in their facilities.”

According to the university’s pres release, Heinrich and her team will work with the Command and General Staff College and Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.