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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 decorated combat veteran. Ken is a graduate of the John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker Course and a National Speakers Association CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional). Ken was awarded his ninth Army Commendation Medal for achieving Distinguished Graduate at the Army Leadership Course for Counterintelligence. Ken has trained over one million 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 is the recipient of the Canadian Fitness Professionals (canfitpro) 2011 Best New Presenter of the Year award, the EMPOWER Fitness 2013 Male Presenter of the Year award, the IDEA WORLD 2016 Fitness Instructor of the Year award, the EMPOWER Fitness 2017 Inspiration Award of the Year, 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 was recently awarded his tenth Army Commendation Medal for creating the Warrior Fit Camp program for the Tennessee Army National Guard Suicide Prevention Task Force, helping thousands of Armed Service Members turn stress into strength and obstacles into opportunities through physical and emotional resiliency coaching and leadership training.


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.

Security Clearance, Certifications and Continued Education

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 Current 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) Ken also holds specialty fitness certifications. Click here for more detail.  

SSG Weichert is the future of fitness in the National Guard. His methods are tried and true, easy to use and get results. All Soldiers can benefit from his programs - I know I do.
- CSM John D. Gipe