“Sergeant Ken, I thank you and your wife for the classes. You two great teachers taught me so much. I learned that your past does not determine your future. I have learned so much from Sergeant Ken and his wife. I truly thank those two very special human beings.”
- Trevor, age 14

Start Fitness


START Fitness Training Program

Since the doors first opened in 1998 as a full-fledged military inspired fitness program, START Fitness® has helped thousands of people reach their fitness goals and now we're helping instructors around the world reach their career goals. We've been training and certifying instructors since 2005 and have now expanded our efforts. START Fitness offers live and online instructor certifications. Participants are immersed in planning and executing tactical fitness programs, creating a rich and sustainable brand, understanding and delivering proper form and safety techniques, creating exciting military-inspired style obstacle courses and fitness games and using fitness tests to take their program to the next level.

We look forward to inspiring you to think beyond the box and grow your program to its fullest potential!

About the founder, SGT KenĀ®

Ken Weichert (SGT Ken®) USA-MFT, USA-MRT, ACE-GFI

Ken Weichert 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 is a recent graduate of the John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker Course. Ken was recently awarded his ninth Army Commendation Medal for achieving Distinguished Graduate at the Army Leadership Course for Counterintelligence. 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 spoke at over 40 government and corporate events in over 10 countries in 2015 for groups of 40 to several thousand, totaling over 80 presentations in one year. Ken is the recipient of the Canadian Fitness Professionals 2011 Best New Presenter of the Year award, the EMPOWER Fitness 2013 Male Presenter of the Year award, 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 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.