Hot Ground Gym

Strengthening The Future

Northbrook, Illinois Kids Development


A kids’ fitness program for the mind and body to stay active!


What is Junior Boots™?

The Junior Boots™ program is a “five-dimensional concept” and revolutionary training platform that was designed by the founders of Hot Ground Gym®. “Five-dimensional concept” (5DC) consists of 5 pillars that we believe are essential for a child’s physical, mental and character development.

The Five Pillars are: Obstacle Course Fitness, Teamwork, Leadership, Critical thinking and Discipline.

Far more than just an after-school activity, Hot Ground Gym® has designed Junior Boots™ to be a comprehensive kids fitness and educational program that nourishes the development of children from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Fun, challenging obstacle course, “never give up” mindset, team building missions and encouraging environment make this class stand out from any other after school activities.

Our classes are broken down into 3 age groups: Alpha Company K-2 grade Bravo Company 3-5 grade and Charlie Company 6-8 grade.

Obstacle Course Fitness

The first pillar of the Junior Boots™ “curriculum” is physical activity. Exercise and play are pivotal in your child’s development. The Junior Boots™ program introduces physical activity in a very fun and creative way by utilizing full-scale obstacles inspired by the military obstacle course, popular American Ninja Warrior™  show and the creative mind of our staff. Each class starts with a light warm-up, stretching and skill builder. Then we move to the core of the training, which involves obstacle courses such as rope climbing, tire jumps, crawling, wall climbing, monkey bars, and more. Every mission has fun skills and critical thinking drills integrated into the session so kids get the best physical and mental stimulation that a fitness program can offer.

Critical Thinking

What keeps Junior Boots™ classes fun, engaging and educational is more than just the physical element. Yes, all kids like to run around and goof off, but it is the critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork elements that really keep them focused. Every Junior Boots™ class ends with a mission. A mission is a task with a begining and end but we don’t show the middle. Kids are required to come up with an action plan and work cohesively to successfully accomplish a mission. We change the missions in our classes every other day to encourage kids to adapt to unfamiliar situations, confront problems head-on, and overcome fear and uncertainty.


Teamwork is really the cornerstone of Junior Boots™program. Through cooperation with their teammates and peers, we have seen kids gain confidence, leadership abilities, social skills and great friends. Our classes are very structured and organized around collaboration. Our kids encourage each other, support each other and physically help each other. Unlike martial arts or sports teams, we don’t reward our kids for physical achievements.


We help kids to discover their own leadership voice through our missions. Kids learn on the fly how to develop, communicate and implement a plan of action. Junior Boots™ helps kids build effective communication skills and a sense of responsibility. Because every child must be both a leader and a follower on different missions, our kids learn both angles. We believe that in order to be a great leader you need to first understand what it takes to follow.


Junior Boots™ classes are highly structured. Discipline encourages kids to act and react decisively. The goal is to develop an intense focus on the task at hand and to apply yourself completely, a quality that is essential for both physical and mental sharpness.The discipline is accomplished through “boot camp” set up that has an “action/reaction” effect.

Learn more about our kids’ fitness program and read the testimonials below from our parents who have seen their children not just succeed, but improve. Then be sure to check out our kids’ gym schedule.

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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.