After shedding the extra pounds that came along with hypothyroidism and three pregnancies, Melody Chandler founded Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp to share her weight-loss strategies and support with other women. Her all-female staff of certified personal trainers helps exercisers of all fitness levels shape their bodies during group fitness classes. In an effort to challenge muscle memory, the team shakes up workout regimens by using different techniques and equipment?including kettlebells, resistance bands, and lead sweatpants?each day. Melody?s team also helps exercisers retain their results by supplying nutrition support with meal plans and recipes that use healthy ingredients.
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Founded in 2002, Halo Group, Inc. is a one-stop-shop for the financially distressed consumer, offering products and services in credit repair, debt settlement, mortgage purchase and refinance, and foreclosure avoidance. Halo proactively educates consumers to avoid future financial problems.
RJ Williams, owner and master trainer of 180 Degrees Fitness Solutions, believes there are three main components of a healthy lifestyle: fitness, nutrition, and massage. During training and conditioning, RJ leads one-on-one personal-training sessions and encourages small groups through intense boot-camp-style fitness classes that focus on agility and strength. RJ also helps guests stay healthy with a variety of nutrition services that range from nutrition boot camps to grocery-store guidance and mental exercises to help gradually forget that bakeries exist. Finally, RJ helps guests recover from injury or relax stressed muscles with massages available in nine modalities, including relaxing Swedish massage or more specialized massages for carpal tunnel.
Smashburger isn't just the name—it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.
As landscapers and dog owners, Ernest McCoy and Josh Cahill were well acquainted with the hardships of yard hygiene. They founded Poop Troops USA to free other pet enthusiasts from the unenticing task of waste removal. Their professional staff services both residential and commercial locales—such as apartment complexes, doggy-daycare centers, and dog-ruled planets—where they thoroughly comb the lawn for canine leavings. Their attention to detail ensures that they leave no grassy patch unexamined, whether or not the customer or pets are present. Before exiting the premises, they lock up and leave a note alerting clients of their visit.
Drs. Borhan Pajoohi and Benham Eslami work to keep patients comfortable as they refurbish mouths inside Creek 75 Dental Group. Dr. Eslami, a recipient of the Cawson Award from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Advanced Graduate Presidential Scholar from Harvard University, demonstrates his expertise both in the office and as the author of several articles on dentistry and pathology. Together with Dr. Pajoohi, he pores over digital x-rays and dental interiors to determine an ideal treatment plan for each patient, whether it involves a simple cleaning, veneers, or drafting a letter of complaint to an erroneous Tooth Fairy.