Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions.
At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 12 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
Show Me Photobooth lends a nostalgic air to any indoor or outdoor event, fueling instant immortalization through candid digital photographs that double as fun, unique favors. A snapshot-savvy attendant accompanies the 3'x4' curtained picture portal to each wedding, graduation, or mayoral inauguration, handling set-up and addressing any technical issues to ensure a smooth shoot. During the soiree, groups of up to 15 revelers can mug for an unlimited series of digital strips that print in color or black and white in just 10 seconds. Rental includes a CD of all images as well as free web hosting of all prints, and hosts may further customize prints to include event details such as a brand, a logo, or a short-hand version of a Shakespearean sonnet.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning Center's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Working as a pediatrician in 2004, Dr. Joe Cangas noticed that many local children didn’t wear helmets while riding their bicycles. Concerned for their safety, he began talking to children at local schools and founded Helmets First! as his mission grew. As the Helmet Doctor, he conducts regular talks at neighborhood schools, clubs, and community centers, teaching youth about the importance of wearing helmets. His organization also runs events where it distributes free helmets to youth from low-income backgrounds after measuring their heads for the proper fit. Only with a proper fit are helmets effective at preventing traumatic head injuries. Since its inception, Helmet First! has donated more than 14,000 helmets to local youth.
At more than five locations through Missouri, CPR Cell Phone Repair's expert technicians nurse malfunctioning phones back to health. Specializing in iPhones – though able to repair any brand – the team fixes everything from cracked screens to water damage and charging problems within hours. Besides phones, each tech is well versed in plenty other devices, from tablets and laptops to gaming systems, such as Xbox 360s or shoeboxes painted like PlayStations.