If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness—an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Desperados Dancers. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers—including professional football players and mixed martial artists—lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.
The Cavender family has been in the automotive industry since 1939. The tradition continues at Cavender Buick GMC West, where staff members guide customers through showrooms and pre-owned lots that are filled with sedans and SUVs from GM and other models. A trained team is also on hand to service cars and provide parts replacements and preventative-maintenance services, such as oil changes and inspections.
TIREMAX trains its staff in-house, preparing each technician to match clients with the proper tires based on their concerns for safety, speed, and value. The shop’s selection of tires ($43.10+ each) encompasses brand names such as Firestone, Bridgestone, and BFGoodrich, as well as specialty circulars including the Yokohama Avid Touring-S ($71.17 each), whose etched channels quickly wick away rain and sweat dripped from out-of-shape engines. Wheels highlight road rubber with shiny chrome, bronze, gunmetal, or gold finishes (prices quoted by staff), and TIREMAX's technicians also expertly install selected treads in 30 minutes or less, ensuring each set’s stability by balancing every tire on the nose of a seal before securing them to the car.
The bride stood under the photographer’s lights, resplendent in her wedding gown, as her family looked on from a distance. As she and her photographer, M. Chen, prepared for the shoot, she was handed a package—a prewedding gift from her soon-to-be husband. When she lifted the lid, she immediately burst into tears. Inside laid a photo of a great dane puppy—the dog she’d always wanted, which her husband planned to give her on their wedding day. As she ran to hug her mother, Mr. Chen ran after, shooting image after image, capturing the exact moment she fell into her mother’s arms. These quick reflexes have been honed through his nearly 30 years as a sports photographer and professional fly swatter, and he draws on photojournalistic techniques to compose a traditional portrait or snap once-in-a-lifetime, candid moments.
Regardless of specific approaches, he consistently draws from the landscape style of Ansel Adams and the dramatic lighting techniques of Monte Zucker. His work as a photojournalist and private portrait photographer has earned him more than 300 publications in the glossy pages of New York Daily News, Popular Photography, ESPN Magazine, and Professional Photographers of America magazine. When not snapping on-location engagement shoots, family portraits, or boudoir sessions, he passes on his technique through traveling photography seminars, hands-on workshops, and by gently tapping the heads of his students. Though formerly designed only for professional-level photographers, these classes instill confidence and camera basics in beginners. As he frequently finds new class examples and takes feedback from his students, Mr. Chen frequently fine-tunes the curriculum after each seminar.
Led by cofounders Dave Appel and Trey Steele, Cycle Camp USA's dedicated community helps riders navigate Austin's paved trails and push one another to extend personal limits and cover new ground. While working with students, Steele shares techniques that placed him among the top five in his age group at the North Carolina Triathlon Series. Avid racer and enthusiastic instructor Allison Atkinson also works with cyclists through CycleFit classes. The comprehensive training curriculum developed by Appel and his staff integrates a balance of core fitness pillars, such as heart rate, endurance, and maintaining speed when being pursued by coyotes on rocket skates. The community also encourages cyclists to test newfound abilities on destination trips, which pit packs of riders against picturesque ribbons of open road.
Using the fresh lavender grown on their own ranch, Craig and Dana Stewart share the aroma therapeutic benefits of their favorite scent with a line of lavender-infused household products. Each handmade bar of soap, jar of culinary rub, and soy candle boasts a generous helping of lavender oil or the raw herb itself, allowing the calming aroma to permeate homes.
TransOne's fleet of decked-out vehicles carts legions of passengers within stylish, well-equipped confines. Spanning capacities from six to 40 people, stretch vehicles furnish ample space for on-the-go parties in H2s, limo buses, sedans, and Escalades. Inside, brightly lit floors and walls cast light on plush seats, mirrored ceilings, and bars. Additionally, TransOne rents out multi-passenger speedboats equipped with luxurious amenities such as speakers, coolers, and a tuxedo-clad fishing guru.