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Rebecca Kudrna, EPC, CSCS, EP-C

Associate Professor, Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Rebecca Kudrna (called “Dr. K” by her students) received her undergraduate degree in health sport & exercise science at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She then completed her MS degree in kinesiology at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX, where she was also a graduate assistant coaching for the Wichita Falls championship Olympic weightlifting team. Dr. K. graduated with her doctorate from the University of Kansas, and she holds three professional certifications from the three leading professional organizations for exercise physiologists (ASEP, ACSM, and NSCA).

Dr. K has an immense background in resistance training, having worked with individuals from age six to age 80. She says, “Strength and conditioning is a powerful tool for developing superior athletes, but it is just as powerful to increase confidence in young girls, or to improve quality of life for elders. As with any tool, you just have to know how to use it correctly.”

Dr. K’s research interests include muscle physiology, resistance training, the development of explosive power, and the utilization and teaching of Olympic lifts: The Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. She is also interested in the physical and motor abilities that are the greatest predictors of the nebulous concept referred to as "athleticism."  

As an athlete, she has competed multiple times in the USA Weightlifting National Championships, was a collegiate track and field athlete, and holds two U.S. records in women’s strongman. She currently coaches several competitive weightlifters at DeSales and enjoys outdoor pursuits in her spare time.