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Kids Obstacle Classes in Arlington Heights, IL

Looking for a lively extracurricular activity for your kids? Our after-school programs keep children fit and entertained. Hot Ground Gym’s kids’ fitness classes combine physical fitness and obstacle negotiation with positive peer interaction and fun.
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Our military-style obstacle course is devised by veterans to teach kids and adults valuable life skills. Centered around physical activity and problem-solving skills, we give children a supervised and safe environment to learn and interact with one another, developing core skills like collaboration, discipline, confidence, and creativity.

Hot-Ground Gym’s 45-minute kids’ fitness classes offer a unique character-building experience in an inspiring environment that encourages active play. You’ll find us in Arlington Heights, near Palatine, Wheeling, and Buffalo Grove.
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After School Sports Programs for Children

Our one-of-a-kind kids’ gym programs incorporate physical exercise, obstacle course training, and team-building activities. Developed by veterans, these classes draw inspiration from military training and are adapted to strengthen character and physical ability in kids.

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.
Hot Ground Gym’s programs abide by the philosophy that child development should combine physical and mental training to improve individual resilience and bolster social cohesion. Some of our fun instructor-led activities include:
  • Adventure activity ropes course to strengthen physical fitness through pulling, dragging, hoisting, climbing, repelling, and tying
  • Role-play rescue missions to facilitate teamwork and enhance clear communication skills
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Take a look at Kids Fitness Classes at the Hot Ground Gym

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Interesting Kids Classes
Junior Boots™ After school classes
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Children fitness classes for the body and mind

What Age Kids Do We Work With in Our Gym Classes

K-2 grade

Appropriate for 5-7 year-olds, the activity in K-2 Fitness Classes is dynamic and concise, ensuring eager young children are engaged and moving quickly.

3-5 grade

Similar to parkour for kids, these faster-paced and more demanding 3-5 grade gym classes are suitable for those 8-10-years old.


Best enjoyed by teens, this advanced indoor obstacle course for higher levels of physical and team-building training is ideal for 11+ year-olds.

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 and Concentration:
    Our fun obstacle course forces kids to focus on the challenging task ahead of them.
  • Spatial Awareness:
    Through trial and error, kids strengthen their bodies, as well as improve their spatial awareness and flexibility.
  • Gain Confidence:
    Each time a child overcomes an obstacle, their self-confidence improves. 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, kids learn 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
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
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
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
"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
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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Check out our 2021-2022 Class Schedule to book

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


We offer recurring memberships paid on a monthly basis, with once or twice a week attendance options. Hot Ground Gym’s scheduling is flexible, allowing members to choose to attend any day in the schedule from week to week:
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Once a week
$90per month
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Twice a week
$145per month
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Family Plan (3 siblings):

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Once a week
$250per month
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Twice a week
$300per month
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We also offer prepaid session pass-based memberships, Which are a great option if monthly commitment is difficult:

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Five session passes
*the pass expires in 3 month
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Ten session passes
*the pass expires in 6 months
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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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Hot Ground Gym® Arlington Heights
8 W College Dr, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, USA

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Ready to play on our indoor obstacle course? Join our kids’ activity classes in Arlington Heights, close by to Palatine, Wheeling, and Buffalo Grove.