Hot Ground Gym

Strengthening The Future

Northbrook, Illinois Kids Development


about-us-barHot Ground Gym® was Founded in July 2013 by two military veterans. Doug Gialds, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and, Paul Plotkin, a veteran of the Israeli Special Forces. Hot Ground Gym® is different from any traditional sports programs, fitness, and self-defense classes for children. Our mission is to shape today’s kids into the next generation of strong and confident individuals through a unique training program that goes beyond physical activity and works to strengthen critical thinking skills, encourage cooperation and build character.


Hot Ground Gym® is operated by a team of handpicked instructors. Our cadre of instructors consists of military veterans and first responders. These are true, real life superheroes, who inspire children to become great.


5-dimensional concept™ or 5DC™ is a training methodology developed by the founders of Hot Ground Gym®. 5DC™ is a revolutionary training methodology that consists of the five fundamental pillars: obstacle course fitness, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking and discipline. The 5 pillars support and reinforce a three-pronged approach. Physical training is derived from obstacle course fitness. Mental training is derived from discipline and critical thinking, which are woven into each mission. Character development is derived from the teamwork and leadership skills each child develops throughout the course of our training.

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I would absolutely recommend this place for birthday parties

We just had my son's 8th birthday party at Hot Ground and they did a terrific job!  It's no easy feat to whip 15 high energy little boys into shape and Paul and Joe did so, while still mana…Read More

Amy V.

You’re Doing Great Things For So Many Kids’ Lives

Our three boys cannot get enough of Hot Ground Gym!  They ABSOLUTELY love it there. The instructors are fantastic!!! They are friendly but firm, consistent weekly, focusing on strength, ind…Read More

Hillary M.

Highly Recommend to All Parents

I can't say enough good things about how great this place is. The owner and people that run Hot Ground Gym obviously love what they do and do it well. We had my son's 9th birthday party here…Read More

Shayna P.

Strengthening The Future

New Age Concept Educating our Youth

Take on obstacles you have never seen before, challenge your mind, and push yourself to your limit by racing through a course packed with fun. Who will be the best? Make your party a competition or work together to get through obstacles, either way it is a test of your abilities! Our skilled instructors and creative design will keep all your guests engaged in your party, and they’ll be sure to remember it for years to come.

These are not regular camps, our camps' activities help today's generation reconnect with the outdoors and become more responsible, self-confident and self-reliant. It is a blend of growth with adventure and fun.

Junior Boots is more than just an after-school activity. Hot Ground Gym has designed Junior Boots to be a comprehensive fitness and education program that implements five pilars. Fitness, Leadership, Critical thinking, Teamwork, and Discipline.