Ken Weichert (aka SGT Ken®) is an award-winning international speaker, six-time US Army Soldier of the Year, Master Fitness Trainer, Master Resilience Trainer, Counterintelligence Agent and highly decorated combat veteran. Ken has trained over 500,000 Service Members and civilians through Operation Fit to Fight, has written over 100 articles for GX®, Backpacker®, Outside®, Health®, and created the Operation Family Fit video series and fitness kits for the Air National Guard. Ken founded the longest-running Boot Camp fitness program in the United States, START Fitness®, and has starred in several best-selling fitness videos. Ken is the recipient of the Canadian Fitness Professionals 2011 "Best New Presenter of the Year" award and the EMPOWER 2013 "Male Presenter of the Year" award. He has been featured numerous times on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox news, and continues to serve as a host for the Fit for Duty show on the Pentagon Channel. Ken's mission is to provide highly informative and exciting leadership and resilience training to help people turn stress into strength and obstacles into opportunities.
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