What began more than 50 years ago as a single auto-repair outlet in Macon, Georgia, is known across America today as Midas. The trusted chain of car-repair shops spans 17 countries worldwide, and each location employs a skilled, reliable staff that strives to keep drivers and their families safe. This goal is perhaps best embodied by the Midas Touch Courtesy Check, a service during which technicians check fluid levels and tires for safety and check the area under the vehicle to make sure Robert De Niro isn’t trying to hitch a free ride. Once they've given vehicles the once-over, mechanics can then prescribe any necessary services to keep cars running smoothly, such as brake repair, filter changes, alignments, and engine tune-ups.
Fit Body Boot Camp helps students renovate their physiques with comprehensive workouts and motivational encouragement. Suit up for a month of the boot camp's rigorous sweat sessions and watch in amazement as your body gradually sheds its protective layer of flab to reveal the hard candy shell underneath. Led by teachers who are one part grizzled grandmother and one part kindly old drill sergeant, the classes combine cardio exercise, weight training, and ab blasting for fun, high-energy workouts that eschew monotony, keeping the brain—known to fitness experts as the "master muscle"—as active as the sweating body. Classes are held indoors on a spring-cushioned surface, replicating the joint-friendly experience provided by the meringue flooring found in celebrity gyms.
Before being dispatched to client driveways, the licensed and insured mobile technicians at Top Shine Automotive Detailing undergo extensive background checks and training, which is regularly updated through recertification in industry advances, new products, and previously undiscovered species of dirt. The all-around sheen shop restores luster to bedraggled rides with meticulous detailing sessions performed with Maguire products. During washes, soapy hands glide over auto exteriors to evict grime, and waxes, buffing, and swirl removal services leave finishes gleaming and more streak-free than a Victorian-era college campus. Inside, detailers root around for and eradicate hidden dirt, cigarette ash, and dust, prolong the life of leather seats with conditioner, and freshen carpets and upholstery with a cleansing shampoo.
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For many, flying an airplane is a once in a lifetime experience, and the staff at NS Aviation and happy to make that experience a reality for people every day. Since 1999, the FAA-certified instructors have been teaching their charges to fly their fleet of single-engine aircraft—currently composed of assorted Cessnas, a Twin Comanche, and a Piper Arrow. The school’s introductory lessons acquaint beginners with flight basics, such as how to properly care for a plane’s feathers, and let newbies practice helming the controls and assisting with the landing. For a more rigorous commitment, budding pilots can earn their private pilot license over the course of 50-60 hours, and work up from there to become certified multi-engine pilots, commercial pilots, or certified flight instructors.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car?it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, brakes, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.