Hot Ground Gym

Strengthening The Future

Northbrook, Illinois Kids Development


owen1The Junior Boots program at our kid’s gym involves boys and girls from kindergarten through 8th grade, broken down into three separate age groups: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. We’ve worked hard to create an after school program that makes our children’s activities in Northbrook as fun as possible for kids of all ages.

One thing that doesn’t change much, though, is the idea of a “roll and a goal.” That’s because our kid’s gym is just that: a gym. While it has many aspects of a playground, Junior Boots still has structure. After all, NBC doesn’t just select a bunch of people for American Ninja Warrior and tell them to “go play.” People wouldn’t tune in for that for long, watching a bunch of people randomly move through an obstacle course with no set goal!

That’s where “role and a goal” comes in. This idea comes from the five pillars that we believe are important to your child’s mental, physical, and character development: fitness, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, and discipline. Let’s take a look at how these fit, flipping it around and taking a look at the goal before the role.

The Goal

As we said, our Junior Boots kids fitness program is fun but structured. After warm-up exercises and stretching, we give the team a goal that changes from day to day. These are all structured to challenge them in all five pillars. For instance, we’ll tell them to get from point X to point Z , and they have to find the Y path. Next time, they have to get from X to Z, but suddenly the Y path isn’t an option…they all have to work together to find some other way.

The goal involves so much more than just the obstacle course fitness that’s involved; the team has to analyze the goal in order to find the best way to surmount the challenge.

The Role

after school programThe role kids take on can be a leadership role or a following role, depending on the task at hand and how long it’s been since they’ve been one or the other. Either way, they can be an incredible part of the team, whether it’s offering ideas about how to solve a problem or using their physical abilities to help other complete the task at hand.

The role helps them improve their communication skills while using the pillars of teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking. The role they play specifically helps their team reach the goal, which makes them feel great and brings them closer to their team. This dedication to helping the team helps kids focus and display discipline like never before.

We’ll finish by saying this: the role and a goal idea is more than just helping kids develop mentally and physically. It’s also a way to help every child develop socially. Gregarious kids can learn the importance of following, while more shy kids will find that they can lead, even if it’s difficult at first. We’re dedicated to finding the best qualities of every child that steps into our kid’s gym, and the highly-structured Junior Boots after school program continues to stimulate kids mentally while getting them the exercise they need. If your child is in grades K-8, we have the children’s activities they’ll love. Check out the schedule right here!


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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.