Bartenders Garrett Blackwood and Mike Mitchell realized that their city lacked a professional bartending school, leaving aspiring bartenders high and dry. So they started Blue Label Bartending School, a school that turns pretenders into bartenders. The school’s reputation has allowed over 250 mixologists to land jobs not just in Oklahoma, but as far away as Maui and New York. Garrett and Mike recognized that non-professionals also desire the ability to casually make a cool cocktail or two, so they started a class for at-home mixologists. In it, they focus on quick, accessible recipes and skills designed to impress friends at a party or flight attendants on a long flight.
The attentive staff at Fitso Gym oversees an arsenal of muscle-building equipment to help members reach summits of fitness and confidence. A host of strength-training accoutrements await newcomers—including barbells and machines that chisel shoulders, legs, and phantom limbs—and a cherry-red boxing ring hosts spars across the floor. Professionally trained staff members help clients achieve their goals by designing custom workout plans and tailored nutrition guidelines. In addition to holding private sessions, their group fitness classes keep bodies in motion six days a week with workouts such as boot camp and spinning.
Poseidon Adventures Limited's PADI-certified scuba instructors guide fledgling divers through the world of underwater breathing in a two-hour Discover Scuba course. Classes of up to 10 students begin on dry land with a curriculum of scuba basics and safety practices. Following the on-land lecture, the instructors strap gill-less guests into the appropriate scuba equipment before unleashing them on a nearby pool for firsthand scuba simulation. Upon taking the first plunge, bubbles burst out of regulators like cannons filled with dish soap and divers experience the weightless sensation of breathing while submerged. Although not included in today's Groupon, students who wish to continue their scuba education can pursue PADI certification in Poseidon Adventures Limited’s Open Water course.
Clary Sage College helps enhance the beauty of its clients and the portfolios of its students at the same time. As a school of cosmetology and design education, they offer programs in makeup artistry, massage therapy, aesthetics, nail technology, fashion, and interior design. Students get valuable hands-on experience performing beauty services on Barbie dolls before they graduate to taking on real clients, who reap the benefits of an affordable makeover.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.