Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level



Health, Human Performance and Recreation


Howie Hickey, Erin

Committee Member/Reader

Gallagher, Kaitlin


High-intensity interval training(HIIT) is a time-efficient form of exercise that combines aerobic and resistance training methods. HIIT workouts have been found to improve executive functioning, therefore making it beneficial for school aged children. This study is an extension of the Burn2Learn protocols developed in Australia. The purpose of this study is to develop the protocol and testing feasibility and intensity of the Burn2Learn activities in college students, specifically comparing an exercise only (Gym) HIIT session and an exercise + cognitive activity (Brain) HIIT session. The participants of this study consisted of 15 undergrad students aged 20-22. Participants took mEMA cognitive assessments before and after the exercise protocols so that the cognitive effects could be analyzed. Resting, mid-exercise, and post-exercise heart rates were recorded, as well as accelerometer data, to analyze the physiological effects. The %HRR showed that participants all worked at around a moderate-to-vigorous intensity and that each protocol was comparable in difficulty level. Results showed that the exercise protocols were not only feasible in college students, but could be easily transferable to adolescents for the future study.


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