“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

Start Fitness

About

Instructor Training Series

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.

START Fitness® founder SGT Ken® is lead Tactical Director. Since he began training and certifying instructors in 2005, he has developed a unique, three-tiered instructor training series. Throughout the training, participants are immersed in planning and executing tactical fitness programs, creating a rich and sustainable brand, understanding and delivering proper form and safety techniques, 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 (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 CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional), a member of the National Speakers Association, and a graduate of the John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker Course. 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 family fitness kits for the Air National Guard. Ken was awarded the Canadian Fitness Professionals (canfitpro) 2011 Best New Presenter of the Year, the EMPOWER Fitness 2013 Male Presenter of the Year, the IDEA WORLD 2016 Fitness Instructor of the Year, the EMPOWER Fitness 2017 Inspiration Award of the Year, the Canadian Fitness Professionals (canfitpro) 2017 International Presenter 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 awarded a Letter of Appointment by the Chinese Government, naming him the Ambassador of Health and Fitness for the city of Changsha. 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.