Brad Linder is something of an authority on physical fitness. As a younger man, he played professional basketball. Later, he studied the workings of the body while earning his masters in health, kinesiology, and sports studies. Along with his wife, Cynthia, Brad has not only penned the Amazon bestseller, Three Steps to Your Best Body in Record Time, but has also been featured on The Doctors for their successful boot-camp program.
Their hand-selected staff of certified personal trainers helps them lead the 60-minute group sessions that are chock-full of strength-training and cardio drills. To supplement the exercises, the team offers nutritional guidance, stokes the flames of willpower with motivational emails, and helps clients avoid temptation by disguising themselves as construction workers and rerouting ice cream trucks.
Get You In Shape also provides one-on-one personal training sessions, as well as corporate wellness programs that keep office personnel from succumbing to the snares of a sedentary lifestyle. When not helping clients shed pounds, Get YOU in Shape donates time and money to various charitable organizations, such as Christian Community Action, Wounded Warriors, and Special Olympics.
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.
The founders of Studio 108 Yoga, Eagan and Kim Wilson, lead a highly experienced team of instructors as they steep people in a serene space conducive for meditation. Kim and her cadre of seasoned yogis lead session of Gentle, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin and Tantric Hatha Yoga, in a comfortable learning center that is warm enough for muscles to stretch safely without sustaining injury or insults from spiteful snowmen. In two rooms outfitted with sustainable bamboo flooring and custom murals, students can cycle through myriad classes or get advice from instructors on which version of yoga might best suit them.
Inside Studio 108 lies a separate body-toning facility: Elite Self Defense Training, which specializes in self-defense and kempo karate classes. Its black-belt instructors teach men, women, and children how to defend themselves against punches, knives, and guns. They also tailor their classes to suit each group, which might mean teaching children how to defend themselves against a bully or men how to protect themselves in a bar fight.
Donna Park's passion for performance preceded the bulk of her vocabulary: at 4 years old, she got into the habit of correcting the dance steps of the other children in her recitals. Her unquenchable thirst for performance led her through a theater minor in college to the discovery of film, then onto a career as a director, writer, and producer of television specials and commercials. Now, calling upon contacts developed during her 20-year career, she brings working professionals to Texas Creative Arts Academy to share their hard-earned wisdom with the young.
The Academy's year-round programs gather students aged 4 to 18 to celebrate their interest in dance, art, film, and melodrama. Aspiring artisans learn the basics of canvas and garment craftsmanship in Hi Ho! Van Gogh! and Design Fashion Diva! camps. Teachers unlock high notes in students' vocal ranges with voice lessons and train the eyes of future cameramen in video-production classes. Piano and guitar instruction empowers kids to realize a future where spontaneous public musical numbers don’t just happen on stage.
Texas Tan's two locations each acquaint pallid complexions with a kaleidoscopic array of UV-tanning beds and spray-tanning booths. Like a mansion designed by a Jenga master, the tanning services have multiple levels. Starting at basic bronze beds equipped with external cooling systems, the tanning arsenal ranges all the way to top-of-the-line Platinum beds that tout 360-degree tanning, an MP3-player connection, and facial tanners.
Texas Tan also touts a sunless-spray-tan solution in its VersaSpa tanning booths, which envelop bodies in a golden mist over a mere 46 seconds. Guests step into the airy chambers of the tanning machine, where alternating gusts of pigmented tanning solutions evenly adhere a streak-free bronze to skin. Gilded glows last 5–10 days, allowing patrons ample time to show off their new, natural-looking tans during nights out with friends or while promoting Bikini Awareness Month.
Surya Center for Yoga founder Lisa Marshall discovered yoga while she was pregnant, when she used the ancient practice as a way to calm and strengthen her body and create a better environment for her little-one-to-be. The Surya Center for Yoga community is available to students seven days a week, and they can drop in on classes in 10 distinct modalities, including sessions exclusively for beginners and all-levels classes. A stable of 10 certified instructors guides students through sessions such as a 60-minute gentle Hatha-style yoga class designed to calm the mind and reduce stress, or a Wednesday-night candlelight session that incorporates blocks, straps, and blankets to ease inflexible joints or injured limbs into position more gently than a lamb moves a Jenga block.