As the first-born digit, thumbs have been hogging all the video-game fun from the rest of the body. Today's Groupon gives torsos and legs a turn: for $49, you get a one-hour party package from Xrkade at X Fitness (a $100 value).
Though Xrkade is located inside X Fitness, it transports users to another world altogether. Developed by a group of gamers and fitness enthusiasts, the immersive technological experience aims to make physical activity as fun as shooting hordes of pixilated zombies by incorporating it into video games. Fingers won't be pressing buttons, but entire torsos and appendages will move in time with lights and video simulations that mimic everything from dancing to snowboarding and mountain biking. On the LightSpace light board, feet become pong paddles or frenzied bug squashers, replacing thumb-cramping button mashing or frustrating real-life fly swatting with full-bodied aerobic action.
Groupon buyers can chaperone a child's birthday celebration, reunite family members, or bring as many imaginary friends as they can fit into a single fanny pack with a one-hour party. One of Xrkade's dedicated party coaches will be on hand to assist in the digital rumpus and prevent Master Control Programs from conscripting players into Tron-style Light Cycle tournaments.
X Fitness collects the efforts and skill of four personal trainers into one intimate gym experience, which members have access to 24 hours a day. The staff teaches eight different fitness classes, including gym standards such as boot camp and more unique courses such as B.L.T., which stands for Buns, Legs, and Thighs. To complement the workout regimen, they also offer 24-hour tanning services and personal training during normal business hours.
112 W 39th St.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105