The coaching staff at D1 Sports Training refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength and cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of their workout history. The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In both the boot-camp and Total Fit programs, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss athletic progress and find ways to improve further. Each facility also houses a sports therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises. Many professional athletes implicitly endorse D1’s program by staking their claim in some of the company’s indoor exercise complexes; Peyton Manning, MLB athlete Chipper Jones, and quarterback Philip Rivers count themselves among facility co-owners.
GM factory–trained and ASE-certified technicians at Coastal Chevrolet shuffle vital motor oils in and out of vehicles of all makes and models. During the oil change, mechanics swap dirty lubricant with up to 5 quarts of conventional oil and install a filter, which blocks out dirt and sleepwalking valve stem caps. The oil change concludes as techs examine crucial components as part of a GM multipoint inspection. During the tire rotation, car rubbers are repositioned to equalize tread wear. Further services include a recalibrating of tire sensors, and techs inflate tire pressure to meet manufacturer specifications and instill balance. Additionally, free shuttles orbit Coastal Chevrolet's facility, stopping to pick up customers and deliver them to their home or office while their cars receive the attention and lullabies they deserve.
Around the parking lot, a platoon of new and certified used Hyundais stands ready to ferry their new owners home from Hendrick Hyundai North. Inside, the dealership’s service and parts departments bustle with auto technicians who work to fix brakes, check batteries, change motor oil, and install even-larger monster-truck wheels.
If you should ever walk into one of Hay Tire Pros’ shops and someone isn’t at the front desk, don’t worry—it probably means Remus, the Hay family’s sociable black lab, is covering while the attendant stepped out. That, or owner Henry Hay will call out to you and invite you into his office. For more than 30 years, Henry and his team have upheld Southern hospitality as the central component of their business. When Henry’s son David came on board, he gave him one direction for interacting with guests: treat them like Mom.
Today, as members of the Tire Pros network of independent tire dealers, the Hays sell and service tires from brands such as Michelin, Uniroyal, and Firestone. Beyond the wheels, auto technicians tend to the rest of vehicles with maintenance services such oil changes, running computer diagnostics, and refilling the air conditioner with ice cubes. The waiting area invites guests to relax with free fresh popcorn and a section for kids. For those who need to get on with their day, the shop’s staff offers complimentary shuttle service to local destinations.