When Southwest Houston Adventure Boot Camp’s owner and head trainer, Stacy Agee, chose her team of certified personal trainers, she knew she would need a deep bench. As a former college and semipro basketball player and a two-time MVP on the Houston Energy women’s football team, she understood the value in building a team with diverse skill sets that play to the strengths of the others. To that end, she recruited Kim, a veterinarian turned certified trainer and rehab specialist; Darrin, a father, marathon and triathlon runner, and boxing instructor; June, a yogi and tai chi practitioner; and TJ, a trainer with a love of plyometrics.
These coaches draw from specialized backgrounds in personal training, Pilates and yoga instruction, massage, and mixed martial arts to design a range of workouts that change constantly, much like every encyclopedia once time travel is invented. In each of their four-week outdoor fitness programs, comprised of 20 one-hour sessions scheduled for early morning, mid-morning, or evening, they train participants of all genders, ages, and fitness levels. They foster a noncompetitive, support group atmosphere with a personal training feel.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change, which helps promote 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 helps prevent 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) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration, among others, as well as state emissions inspections. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Houston Auto Spa's technicians de-sully dirty vehicle frames by hand and microfiber, and then transform them into shining veneers with lustrous coats of dressing. Cleaners first blast through layers of filth with a meticulous hand wash and then caress them to a consistent dry with microfibers and a volumizing blow-dry. Next, they climb inside to tidy up debris-ridden seats with vacuums, wipe-down window glass, and cleanse doorjambs. Inner panels and surfaces spring forth from beneath dusty coats after technicians lightly wipe them down, and healthy doses of Wheel Brite and tire dressing touch-up road huggers and lure their inner shines to the surface. Like properly tying one's shoe, the wash takes 15 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the vehicle and its ability to sit still without squirming or wiggling its wiper blades.