Leslee Bender, 2020 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year
Leslee is the epitome of active and ageless. Leslee travels the world as an international fitness trainer, focusing on functional movement for people of all ages. Her functional techniques benefit athletes as well as everyday people who want to achieve optimal health and fitness while preventing injury. Leslee is the creator of the Bender Method of training as well as co-creator of the Barre Above method, a safer approach to barre, which she created alongside Tricia Murphy Madden. A graduate of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science, Leslee holds a BA as well as multiple certifications, including Fellow of Applied Functional Science, ACSM, NASM, ACE, and AFAA.Laurie has been teaching fitness since the 1980s and training instructors since the 1990s.