When Brian Cain joined the Marine Corps in 1997, he could barely finish the initial fitness test: a 1.5-mile timed run, two minutes of pull-ups, and two minutes of sit-ups. But as he trained, he gained endurance and strength, until eventually, he became the one leading daily workouts—even while putting himself through extra training in the evening. When he returned to civilian life, he kept challenging himself with marathons and Ironman triathlons and helped his friends and family members shape up. In December 2011, Brian founded Evolve Athletics to, as he puts it, "turn my passion into a business." During his boot camps, he challenges people of every fitness level with pushups, sprinting, plyometric jumps, and other exercises, which he mixes up each day. Though he acknowledges that the workouts are "pretty high intensity," he tries to meet each camper where they're at and push them from there. He modifies exercises for beginners, and challenges fitness veterans by adding resistance using Neoprene sacks filled with sand. But Brian sees his boot camps as more than just a one-off fitness class. He views the human body as the quintessential piece of workout equipment. "I want people to understand that you don't need a treadmill or elliptical to get your cardio, and you don't need a weight machine with 16 different stations to do your strength training," he says. None of his workouts require a gym membership to duplicate, so students can easily reproduce them at home or on commuter trains. Brian says his campers have seen their overall health and fitness improve, not only through the exercises, but also with the nutrition advice and help from the online food logs they have access to. One of his students dropped more than 20 pounds during a three-month weight-loss competition he hosted. "She was your typical 47-year-old mother with a couple of kids, really didn't have time for herself," he says. "But she was there every morning at 5 a.m. and just did what she needed to do." For Brian, seeing that change is his reward. "It's taking somebody who hasn't done anything fitness-related in maybe years, and then starting from the bottom floor and seeing them progress," he says. "That's why I do it."
North Cypress Family Practice & Laser Center’s resident physician Dr. Amrit Thandi has experienced the evolution of lasers over the past decade by serving as a Luminary Advisor for Alma Lasers Inc.⎯the brand she still relies on to tighten slack skin, remove hair, and rejuvenate damaged complexions. The technology helps her maintain a practice that avoids invasive procedures, although she can perform minor surgeries at her office or refer patients to other specialists within the North Cypress Medical Center.
A graduate of Dayanand Medical College in Punjab, India, Dr. Thandi completed her residency in family practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Today, she practices general medicine and performs cosmetic enhancements with equal care aided by an aesthetician and a medical assistant. Dr. Thandi meets with each of her patients and has a hand in every procedure, from cosmetic injections to preventative care exams. The two aspects of the practice seem to balance out. Gentle body-sculpting treatments can be incorporated into a weight management regime, and up-to-date medical acuity can address dermatological concerns such as psoriasis or an embarrassing tattoo of the Pythagorean theorem.
Each spring, the Cy-Fair Home and Garden Show gathers home-design experts into one location so that enthusiasts of home decorating and DIY projects can catch a glimpse of the latest in domestic products and design. Visitors peruse booths hosted by professionals occupying cozy niches that span the home-improvement spectrum, from landscaping and gardening to organizing garages and updating the secret fallout shelter with solar panels. While attendees bounce from booth to booth, a lineup of notable industry sages take the stage to discuss the year’s best ideas and products and answer any embarrassing questions that fair-goers might have about where houses come from.
"I believe art isn't just hanging on the walls—it is all around you in everyday life," says The Artist Within founder Thomas Cleveland. This affinity for art was established when Cleveland was only 5, and it has grown as he has garnered various awards and done commissioned work for Nickelodeon and Coca-Cola. Cleveland helps students develop their own artistic style as they learn pastel-painting techniques in summer camp or use mixed media to illustrate their disdain for yard work.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
GAMESPlus makes its number-one goal to create a gaming and electronics store with great selection, competitive pricing, and experienced staff. GAMESPlus offers new and used merchandise and will buy, sell, or trade games, movies, consoles, and accessories, but will not barter for the rights to your idea for a MMORPG based on the life and works of 18th-century English satirist Alexander Pope. Score your favorite gaming system at a reduced price, or browse hard-to-find hardware and software such as Space Invaders and Donkey Kong Country in the GAMESPlus Classic section. Available accessories brands include DREAMGEAR, Yobo, and CTA.