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KIDS OBSTACLE COURSE FITNESS CLASSES IN ARLINGTON HEIGHTS & LIBERTYVILLE, IL

Looking for a lively extracurricular activity for your kids? Our after-school programs keep children fit and entertained. Hot Ground Gym’s Junior Boots™ kids' obstacle fitness classes combine obstacle negotiation with team building challenges, that keep the kids engaged throughout the entire class.

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Age Groups for Our Junior Boots™ Classes

Junior Boots™, our military-style obstacle course and team building class was created by veterans to teach kids valuable life skills. We offer a powerful experience for kids that is centered around physical, mental, and character development. We give children a structured, safe, and fun environment to learn and interact with one another, developing core skills like collaboration, discipline, confidence, and creativity.

Our 45-minute kids’ fitness classes offer a unique character-building experience in an inspiring environment that encourages maximum effort. You’ll find us in Arlington Heights and Libertyville, near Palatine, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, and Mundelein.
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ABOUT JUNIOR BOOTS™ AFTER SCHOOL OBSTACLE CLASSES FOR KIDS

Make no mistake, our one-of-a-kind obstacle course classes are not a "bootcamp", but a high-energy, disciplined, engaging, and fun environment to learn in.

Each class is highly structured and extremely engaging, aimed at teaching physical fitness, obstacle negotiation, and instilling positive group interactions. Activities during our sessions are centered around logistical movement, creative thinking, construction, and role-play rescue missions.
Our after school classes for kids are divided into 3 age groups and consist of indoor obstacle course fitness activities and team building challenges that are designed to strengthen the physical, mental and emotionl grit of children. The themes of the class change every week and include some of the below:
  • Rope courses that involve pulling, dragging, hoisting, climbing, repelling, and knot-tying.
  • "Target Practice" weeks with a hand-eye developing theme such as dart, ball, ring, and knife throwing.
  • Tires, medicine balls, "carts", grappling hooks, and "pipes" themed classes.
  • Role-play rescue themes.
  • "Adventure" Obstacle Course themed classes.
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Age Groups for Our Junior Boots™ Classes

K-2 grade

ALPHA COMPANY CLASS
Grades K-2nd. Appropriate for 5-7 year-olds, the activity fitness class is dynamic and concise, ensuring eager young children are engaged and moving quickly.

3-5 grade

BRAVO COMPANY CLASS
Older and faster. Similar to parkour for kids, higher levels of physical demand in class, exposure to more diverse obstacles and peer problem-solving skills, all in a faster-paced environment.

6-8 GRADE

CHARLIE COMPANY CLASS
Oldest and strongest. Higher levels of physical demands. Obstacles are more diverse and challenging, and the problem-solving scenarios are much tougher.

Junior boots™ Rank Structure

STUDENTS EARN RANK PATCHES

STUDENTS EARN RANK PATCHES

A student's current rank in the Junior Boots™ program is displayed by a velcro patch that is located on the right sleeve of their uniform (t-shirt).
With higher rank comes higher responsibility

With higher rank comes higher responsibility

As students progress through the ranks of HGG, they will be showcased as good examples of conduct, ability, and understanding to newer students. Becoming a positive example to a new student, to their family & friends, and to their community, is the overall goal for the HGG Rank Patch Structure.

The Ranks of Junior Boots™

Red Phase
Obstacle Course Fitness & Discipline
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White Phase
Teamwork & Problem Solving
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Blue Phase
Leadership
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Gold Phase
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  • Red Phase: Obstacle Course Fitness & Discipline
    A student's beginning. Their goal is to develop a "training mindset" and grow every time they come to class. Red Phase is promoted during class, and after time requirements are met in their current rank (~2 months per).
  • White Phase: Teamwork & Problem Solving
    Their goal is to develop peer problem solving techniques that are displayed during the teamwork "missions" of class. The White Phase is promoted during a "Rank Test Event." A private event that is by invitation only, typically held every 2 months.
  • Blue Phase: Leadership
    Their goal is to develop and display good leadership traits during class and especially during "missions". The Blue Phase is also promoted at "Rank Test Events."
  • Gold Phase: Junior Instructor
    A student's final phase. The goal is to develop the knowledge, confidence, and ability to teach others what they have learned during our obstacle course fitness classes. "Everyone can do, not everyone can teach." The Gold Phase is promoted either at a "Rank Test Event" or meritoriously through exceptional conduct and assistance rendered during classes.

Why Choose Our Obstacle Course Classes For Kids Training?

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Hot Ground Gym’s Junior Boots™ kids gym classes cultivate engaging learning environments that promote the following:
  • Focus, Concentration, and Spatial Awareness:
    Our fun obstacle course requires kids to focus on the challenging task ahead of them. Though trial and error, kids strengthen their bodies, as well as improve their spatial awareness and flexibility.
  • Peer Cooperation:
    Kids shed "social awkwardness" while completing inspiring team building "Missions".
  • Gain Confidence:
    Each time a child overcomes an obstacle, their self-confidence increases. In that way, our sessions act as a healthy confidence-building class for children.
  • Develop Perseverance:
    While not strictly activities for discipline, through failing and succeeding on the obstacle course & Missions, kids learn that self-discipline, and perseverance pays off.
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Customer Reviews

I cannot say enough about what the classes at HGG have done for my boy’s perseverance and patience and leadership qualities. And it’s a great workout too!
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Jill McEnery
5
My daughter has been attending Hot Ground Gym since January and we couldn't be happier. We love the physical workout she receives, but the teamwork, motivation, and practical skills are outstanding​. I love watching her and the other children excel and smile when they complete something that may have seemed too difficult moments before. All the coaches are professional and great with the kids. In short, they are the best! Our entire family highly recommends Hot Ground Gym.
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Denise P
5
Cannot say enough good things about this place. The staff are friendly - if I'm sitting waiting the ones that are not with kids come over and introduce themselves. My son loves the classes, he is beginning to show belief in his abilities and more confidence. Your kids will have a ball. Give it a shot!
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Emma F
5
Both of my boys love "working out" here once or twice a week. The instructors are wonderful and the sessions are very reasonably priced. A hidden gem during the winter!
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Geoff Geltner
5
"I LOVE THIS PLACE!" These are the first words quoted words by my two sons who spent a day actively running, climbing, going through obstacle courses, and working as a team with a whole group of kids they have never met before. It can be challenging to find activities that are safe, engaging, and age appropriate for two very active boys during no school days and it's too cold outside to enjoy nature. Hot Ground Gym in Arlington Heights was recommended to us by a friend and her son. After one full day of high energy fun, my sons (ages 10 and 8) are already planning ahead for their next days off of school and asking to be signed up at HGG. They raved about Sam, the manager, and how he's knowledgeable sharing safety lessons and tips to the kids. Knowing Sam has a background in being a first responder and an Army Veteran, I feel very secure dropping off my sons knowing that activities are planned with safety in mind. From a parent stand point, this is the highest compliment to HGG! They are choosing to climb, run, lift, partner up with kids they don't know, and accept challenges to physical activities instead of begging to play video games, go to the movies, or watch tv! They will be repeat attendees for sure and I know I won't hear any, "I don't want to go... " whining from them!
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Alena McCarthy
5
It is amazing to see what Sam and his team do every day for the kids. Every week they have a different concept / theme. My daughters self confidence has improved a lot. I love the way Sam pays attention to every kid in the class and pushes them to overcome their obstacles both physically and mentally.
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2022 Class Schedule

Wednesdays - Fridays
Saturdays
Alpha company class
grades k-2
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
bravo company class
grades 3-5
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
charlie company class
grades 6+
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Pricing

Hot Ground Gym’s scheduling is flexible, allowing members to choose to attend any day in the schedule each week. We are pleased to offer sibling, family, military, and first responder discounts :)

RECURRING MEMBERSHIP (MONTHLY)

Once a week
Once a Week        $90per month
Twice a week       $145per month
Thrice a Week     $180per month

Arlington Heights
Book Free trial class
Twice a week
Once a Week        $90per month
Twice a week       $145per month
Thrice a Week     $180per month

Arlington Heights
Class Enrollment
ONCE A WEEK LV
Once a Week        $90per month
Twice a week       $145per month
Thrice a Week     $180per month

Libertyville
Book Free Trial class
TWICE A WEEK LV
Once a Week        $90per month
Twice a week       $145per month
Thrice a Week     $180per month

Libertyville
Class Enrollment

Pass-based membership (Punch card)

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5 Session pass   
 $150expires after 3 months

        10 session pass           
$275expires after 6 months

Arlington Heights
Book free trial class
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5 Session pass   
 $150expires after 3 months

        10 session pass           
$275expires after 6 months

Arlington Heights
Class Enrollment
FIVE SESSIONЙ PASSES LV
5 Session pass   
 $150expires after 3 months

        10 session pass           
$275expires after 6 months

Libertyville
Book free trial class
TEN SESSION PASSES LV
5 Session pass   
 $150expires after 3 months

        10 session pass           
$275expires after 6 months

Libertyville
Class Enrollment

FAQ About Our Kids Classes

Is there an open gym time where we can drop in?

Unfortunately No. Although HGG is open to the public, our services are attended by prior arrangement only. We do not offer an open gym or free-play time. We can however schedule you for a free trial class or a team-building event.

Will the training program prepare my child for an obstacle course race or event?

Absolutely! If you let us know you and your child are preparing for a race/event, we will give you a little extra assistance ;)

When do you offer classes?

Tuesdays - Fridays starting at 4:30pm, and Saturdays starting at 9am.

Are your classes for kids a "boot camp"?

Not really. Bootcamp has a different meaning for us. We do, however, call our kids' program Junior Boots™. Our amazing classes are 45 minutes long, change every week, and consist of obstacle course negotiation, exercise instruction, and team-building challenges. Way too much fun to call it a "boot camp" ;)

What clothes and shoes do children need for training?

Children should wear comfortable gym clothing that allows for maximum movement flexibility and trainers that have a good grip so that they can move with confidence on our obstacle course.

Are your obstacle course classes the same as parkour?

While we share the use of obstacle negotiation as a platform for “training” on our obstacle course, our classes are not the same as parkour. Each activity in our gym classes for kids is specifically structured to achieve individual and team-building outcomes that differ from the goals of parkour.

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1950 US-45, Libertyville, IL 60048
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