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Obstacle Course Classes, Camps, B-Day Parties & Team Building Events for Kids in Northern Chicago Area, IL

Here, at Hot Ground Gym® (HGG), we're revolutionizing the way the kids stays active, learns, and grows. Our Arlington Heights and Libertyville teams are military veterans and former first responders with the skills and experience to provide a "one of a kind experience" for those attending our programs.

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Recreation Center for Kids near Chicago

Here at Hot Ground Gym® (HGG) we're revolutionizing the way kids stay active, learn, and grow. Our indoor obstacle courses and team-building challenges are designed to engage kids physically and mentally and to stimulate their character, in a super unique and fun environment.
Our kids’ fitness approach is ideal for building physical and mental character while providing them with engaging indoor children’s activities that they’ll genuinely enjoy. Your kids will leave each session with strengthened problem-solving skills and help them build self-confidence. Our kids’ gyms are perfect for families in Arlington Heights and Libertyville and nearby areas such as Palatine, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, and Mundelein.
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Recreation Center for Kids Near Chicago

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Kids Activities in Libertyville and Arlington Heights, IL

We work with kids ages 5-14 years old, from K-8th+ grade. Scroll down to check out our programs.

Whether you are on the hunt for a new after school activity, a super fun day camp, an inspiring birthday party, or a private team building event, you will find it all here at Hot Ground Gym®.
junior Boots™ Kids Obstacle Classes
We call this program Junior Boots™. Make no mistake, this is not a "bootcamp", but a high-energy, disciplined, engaging, and fun environment to learn in. Our one of a kind after school classes for kids change every week, are divided into 3 age groups, consist of indoor obstacle course fitness activities and team building challenges, that are designed to strengthen the physical and mental aspects of children.
Day Camps in 2022
Looking for summer, winter, spring or no school day camps to excite your child? HGG has you covered! We offer half and full day options for all our camps except the summer camp (by the week only). The experience consists of group/team challenges, mind games, "target practice" (fun hand-eye-coordination activities), obstacle course training, and more.
Kids’ Birthday Parties
Voted the "best active birthday party in the Chicagoland area" several times. Step outside of traditional bday celebrations with our private 90-minute party. The event is filled with amazing obstacle courses, team-building missions, and of course, time for food and cake. We have a special way of cutting the cake, the bday child (and us ;) will use a real military sword!
Team-Building Events
Whether you’re a student managing schoolwork or someone in search of military service training, our fitness programs are the perfect way to start your fitness journey. Our kids classes will help you on your way to a stronger, healthier you.

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At Hot Ground Gym, we offer fitness programs that are perfect for teens, while our energizing classes will get kids moving and having fun. We know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, so let us help you get started on the right path today.
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Our Kids Center on Local Chicago News

WGN's S.E.E. Chicago featured an episode about Hot Ground Gym® where they covered in detail how our programs work and why this is the best place for your child!
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Benefits of Our Programs

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Our indoor obstacle courses and team-building "missions" are designed to engage kids physically and mentally and stimulate their characters a unique and fun environment for training.
We have been serving Northern Chicagoland since 2014. Since then we have found that the biggest three benefits of our programs are confidence, fitness, and positive peer interactions.
Our "HGG Approach" to training is Physical, Mental, and Character Development.
We target the physical, mental, and character growth during the pivotal childhood development stages to teach skills like resilience, cooperation, perseverance, and leadership.
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HGG is held up by our "5 Pillars of Confidence"


Whether your child join Hot Ground Gym solo or are surrounded by a team, you will leave each session with a strengthened sense of teamwork.


HGG refines leadership abilities and shows children the skills necessary to be leaders in all aspects of life.
Obstacle Course Fitness

Obstacle Course Fitness

We Introduce fitness to our members in a uniquely engaging way through our indoor obstacle courses for kids. These courses are designed with safety in mind and are ideal for all fitness levels.


Discipline is always conveyed in an approachable manner so you or your child can learn to set boundaries in any given situation.


No matter the physical or psychological problem you’re up against, our programs are designed to teach real-world problem-solving skills to children and teens.

Our Story

Hot Ground Gym® (HGG) was founded in 2013 by a former United States Marine and a former Israeli soldier. Our vision was to create a revolutionary concept of child development. A concept that encompasses a combination of our collective military service and know-how, the desire to prepare children for the challenging walks of life, and is facilitated in an environment which mirrors the love we feel for our own children. The mission of HGG carries forward today with a strong-willed team holding true to the ideals and principles from which it was founded upon.

HGG is owned and operated by military veterans and former first responders. Our team of owners and instructors is what separates HGG from the rest. Our no-nonsense approach to development, teaching, and training, that is derived from our service connected experiences, which is tempered by the fact that “these are children, not soldiers”, allows us to cultivate a self-confidence instilling environment that is truly unique, beneficial, and super fun.

We have dedicated our lives to the physical, mental, and character development of children. Our slogan is “Strengthening the Future”. We nurture the potential of every child that comes to us through the programs we offer.
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Customer Reviews

We moved here nearly a year ago, and started our son shortly after the move. Since then, he has grown in confidence, independence, compassion, trust, and respect. He has the diagnoses of ADHD, oppositional defiance disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, and anxiety. He hasn’t had a single tantrum since his third week with Sam at Hot Ground. He is kinder, more respectful, and genuinely wants to have better and more meaningful relationships with peers. The teamwork and relationship model offered here is unique in that the kids depend on any random group as the class days vary. The outward focus seems to be physical development, but the true focus is mental, social-emotional, and community growth. Sam absolutely loves the kids as they are, wherever they are, and is building up each person as that individual needs to be built up. He is a true gem, and my son looks forward to each class, excited about each one.
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Megan Lierman
Hot Ground Gym provides an awesome physical workout, builds character and teaches teamwork! My 8yo son has really looked up to the instructors and my 4yo daughter wants to follow in his footsteps. From classes, to leadership camp, to birthday parties, I highly recommend!
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Allison Wyrwicz
I was looking for an alternative to martial arts for my son, and learned about Hot Ground. I'm extremely impressed by what they do. In addition to challenging parkour, which he loves, they teach practical life skills that go beyond anything I've seen elsewhere (except possibly the Boy Scouts). My son has been learning first aid and other life-saving skills, survival techniques, and more -- and I'm seeing a big improvement in both his physical confidence and emotional maturity. The coaches are great with kids, striking a nice balance between good-humored and no-nonsense, which the kids definitely respond to! The facilities are very well-maintained, and I like the fact that they take the kids outside when the weather's good. I've decided to try a week of the summer camp this year as well, and we'll see how that goes. Hot Ground isn't inexpensive, but the price (especially for the camp) is in keeping with most other after-school activities.
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Mary D.
We highly recommend Hot Ground Gym classes because they offer a fun, physical after-school activity coupled with learning opportunities in social and emotional learning. The kids get to burn energy by climbing, jumping, swinging on ropes, etc. While the kids are "playing" they're also learning about teamwork, confidence, cooperation, responsibility, leadership and problem-solving skills. Hot Ground Gym is owned by veterans who are great role models. We also love the small class size, individualized attention as well as the beautiful new facility and reasonable rates for classes.
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Vic L.
We have two daughters, ages five and seven. At Hot Ground Gym they get a good work out but don’t even realize they are exercising because they are focused on the obstacle course tasks. These classes safely challenge the kids to try things they normally wouldn’t get to try: climbing over walls, running up ramps, climbing ropes, etc. Sam does an amazing job breaking down the ever-rotating obstacles into separate skills and then training those skills and muscle groups. My daughters are growing in confidence and resilience. We are so glad to have found HGG!
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Carolyn Kohl
We found Hot Ground Gym (HGG) by accident because of my daughter’s interest in Parkour or Ninja-type obstacle course activities, kind of like the American Ninja Warrior tv show. There are two aspects to HGG’s approach that made this place a great choice for our child’s after-school activities: 1) classes offer far more than a fun, physical after-school activity where the kids get to burn energy by climbing, jumping, swinging on ropes, etc; and 2) while the kids are “playing” they’re also learning about teamwork, confidence, cooperation, responsibility, leadership and problem-solving skills. That is the backbone of this whole company which is run by veterans—teaching kids very important life skills during the classes through the different activities. Other important details which factored into our decision choosing HHG included: 1) small class size; 2) individualized attention; 3) beautiful new facility that is very clean; and 4) very reasonable rates for classes. We started our child at 1 time per week but are moving up to 2 times per week since she loves it so much.
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FAQ About Our Obstacle Fitness Center

Can kids take part in the fitness classes together?

While you are absolutely welcome to watch your kiddos as they complete our classes, our children’s courses are only meant to accommodate those within the intended age range of 5-14.

My child is kinda sporty but currently hates "regular sports". Is HGG a good fit for my child?

For sure! Since our beginning, we have noticed that some students enjoy having a physical outlet but do not necessarily enjoy the pressures of "traditional sports". Other students attend HGG classes in between sports seasons or still during a season. We also have several "success stories" where children have trained in our program for a while, then moved on to a traditional sport with more confidence and excelled.

My child is shy. Will my child be able to work in a team?

If your child is prone to shyness, we can fix it. Our 5 Pillars of Confidence, which are part of our unique system of child development, are aimed at helping your kiddo start feeling comfortable around other children and develop teamwork and leadership skills.

Can parents observe the activities of their children?

Sure! While you can drop off your kiddo and run some errands in peace, you can just as well stay for the whole time of a class, camp, birthday party, or teambuilding event.

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Hot Ground Gym® Libertyville, IL
1950 US-45, Libertyville, IL 60048
Hot Ground Gym® Arlington Heights
8 W College Dr, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, USA
Hot Ground Gym® Arlington Heights
8 W College Dr, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, USA