Leslee Bender (B.A. ACSM, NASM, AFAA, ACE) is one of the top fitness instructors in the country, with over 25 years experience in the industry. A 2010 finalist for IDEA Instructor of the Year, she is also the creator of the Bender Method of fitness training (2007). She has appeared as a presenter and fitness coach in over 20 countries.
Leslee is also the author of over 30 DVDs on training. Her mission is to maximize the impact of fitness exercises without any risk of injuring the spine. She is currently enrolled in the GIFT program at Gray Institute, which emphasizes continued research and investigation of the functions of human movement. She will also be launching the first national program for fitness professionals dedicated to total back safety in 2011.
Bender Academy of Training
These courses are offered as workshops for fitness professionals:
- Anatomy in Action
This innovative program teaches fitness practitioners different methods of feeling and seeing how the muscles in the body react to gravity upon contact with the ground. It emphasizes the central idea that the core can generate energy for the entire body through the right set of exercises. Inspired by Gary Gray, this approach is both versatile and dynamic, and will equip trainers with a range of exercises to suit diverse client needs. Clients are understood as individuals with a range of abilities and goals, and this program will focus on ways to analyze different modes of walking, squatting and moving in all three planes of movement.