International award-winning speaker, six-time US Army Soldier of the Year, Master Fitness Trainer, Master Resilience Trainer, and veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Desert Storm. Featured in an Emmy award-winning program on CBS and numerous other segments on ABC, NBC and FOX news; featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Business Times and 7X7 magazine. Led more than 70 full-length fitness videos on the Pentagon Channel. Developed a proprietary boot camp fitness instructor certification and multiple fitness instructor training programs for the Tennessee Army National Guard, and several gym franchises in North America. Created Warrior Fit Camp, a highly effective and unique tactical fitness, nutrition, and life coaching program for the Air and Army National Guard. Wrote over 100 fitness and health articles for magazines such as GX®, Backpacker®, Outside®, Health®; and websites including Military1.com, Military.com and NationalGuard.com.
Ken Weichert is not only a Master Fitness Trainer for the ARMY, he is also formally trained in performing arts. Ken is a 1985 graduate of Player′s Workshop of Second City (improvisation study and performance school) in Chicago, Illinois. Other graduates of Second City include Jim and John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. He has performed the lead role in over 150 theatrical productions and starred in his first feature film, Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2 in 1987. Ken taught Advanced Acting as well as other theater courses at the University of Southwestern Louisiana between the years of 1992 and 1996. Over the course of his seventeen-year career with the military, Ken has advanced from Private to Staff Sergeant. He has assumed the role of Intelligence Assistant, Squad Leader and Counter-Intelligence Agent. He has also placed six- times in the annual ARMY Soldier of the Year contest. Ken is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. After fracturing his back his senior year of high school, physical fitness and total body wellness became very import to Ken. He used military exercises to restore his back strength and walk again after being partially paralyzed for four weeks. Ken Weichert joined the United States Army in 1988. In 1993, Ken became certified as a Master Fitness Trainer. In 1999, Ken combined his theater and military experience with his background in physical fitness program for civilians. Since the inception of START Fitness® Ken has been featured as an expert in fitness on the History Channel′s, Tactical to Practical and telling his story from the front lines in Iraq on Nightline with Ted Koppel.
Clearance - Top Secret with Sensitive Compartmented Information access (TS/SCI), Distinguished Graduate, Counterintelligence Agent Advanced Leader Course (2013), Certified Educational Provider, American Council on Exercise, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, National Academy of Sports Medicine (2012, 2013), Certified Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise (2011, 2013), Master Resilience Trainer Course (2010), Tactical Fitness Leadership Course, Cooper Institute (2009), Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, National Academy of Sports Medicine (2009), Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine (2003, 2005, 2007), Recruiting and Retention NCO course (2005), Combat Life-Saving Course (2003), Honor Graduate, Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course (2002), Counterintelligence Agent Course (1998), Carpentry, Masonry, and Demolition Specialist Course (1993), Career Counselor Course (1993), Master Fitness Trainer Course (1993), Combat Life-Saving Course (1991), Honor Graduate, Professional Leadership Development Course (1990), Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense Course (1990), Code-word Action Course (1989)
“ “Motivation; the key thing that guided me. Your class also taught me about fitness and how it can improve not only my body but also the way I think. I also was taught the meaning of resilience. Optimism was a huge concept you got through my head. Strength of character was the main thing I focused on.”- Deschun, age 17