Laura is considered a pioneer in Missoula, Montana because she brought personal training to her town in 1989. She loves to bring new and innovative wellness plans to the people of her community. In 2001 Bender added mind/body techniques and yoga to her practice and became Montana’s first Holistic Personal Trainer. After studying extensively with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Laura created Montana’s first yoga/meditation class for youth inmates at the Missoula Youth Detention Center.
Based on her 36 years of business experience and success, Laura has created a mindful workplace wellbeing program a success coaching curriculum and has shared her philosophy as a featured motivational speaker all over the country.
In 2004, Bodies by Bender personal training, was featured by the Missoula Montana’s local newspaper (Missoulian) as one of Missoula’s top small businesses. In Business Monthly featured Bender in 2006 as one of Missoula’s Movers and Shakers. Laura received the peoples vote as Best Personal Trainer from 2007 through 2011 and most recently in 2016 from the Missoula Independent reader poll. Bodies by Bender also received Missoulians’ Peoples Choice Award in 2006, 2013, and 2015 as Missoula Montana’s choice for best Personal Trainer. In 2013 Laura was one of 16 meditation, yoga teachers chosen to teach at the Journey into Healing program at the Chopra Center. Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weill were the keynote speakers. Laura was able to teach meditation to people from all over the world.
Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research
Personal Trainer (1996)
Dietary Consultant (1998)
Biomechanics Fitness Specialist (1998)
Elite Trainer (2006)
Chopra Center (Deepak Chopra)
Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Teacher (2009)
Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher (2012)
Masters of Wisdom Meditation Training taught by world renowned teacher Davidji (2014)
Laura also has a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communications and a Bachelors of Arts in Dance (1982) from Portland State University. She is also a Certified Special Education Teacher K-12 (1987) University of Montana.
Best of Missoula 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015,2016
Missoula’s Choice Winner 2006, 2013
Endorsed in David Ji’s book, “Destressifying: The Real-World Guide to Personal Empowerment, Lasting Fulfillment, and Peace of Mind” as a fitness guru.
What is primordial sound meditation?
Small Business, Big Success – Missoulian
Missoula’s Choice Winner (2007)
Missoula fitness instructor teaches juvenile inmates yoga, meditation
Living Well Article (Missoulian) – Mind Matters (2009)
Living Long vs. Living Well Article
Missoula Independent – Best of Missoula (2011)
Missoulian Article – Body and Mind: Owner of Missoula Fitness Studio Soothes with Yoga (2010)
Newwest Article – Yoga and Running: Friends or Foes? (2007)
Bodies By Bender personal training studio is located at 113 W. Main St. Missoula, Montana. An alternative to the club mass approach, one on one trainer and partner fitness in a studio atmosphere is the most effective way to work out. Our studio is 1,500 square feet consisting of men’s and women’s showers and dressing rooms, small waiting area and state of the art aerobics and weight equipment.