The perennially popular summer TV “American Ninja Warriors” is coming to life in Elmhurst! Kids and families can now experience the fun and thrills (and amazing workout) by jumping, climbing, leaping, swing, and balancing through an action-packed obstacle course.

Windy City Ninjas opened its 12,000 sq. ft. facility in Elmhurst last week. This is the second location following the popular obstacle course gym in Chicago.

Owner Tom Rhomberg started Windy City Ninjas to help children who may not otherwise be engaged in organized sports a fun alternative for fitness. Although anyone, athletes included, will benefit from the self-confidence and cross-training that an obstacle workout encompasses.

The facility offers structured 55-min. classes for ages 2-15, which are broken down by age group. Similar to the TV show, kids complete multiple circuits focused on specific areas. They rotate stations every 12-15 min. to work on different skills, such as strength, agility, and endurance, but each station packs fun along with exercise.

During the last 10 minutes of each class, students tackle a full obstacle course, which varies each week for variety and allows kids to get a sense of accomplishment at how much they are improving.

The gym also offers adult classes as well as a Family Fun Night every other Friday evening, where parents and kids can compete and play together. There is also an Open Gym on the weekends, which allows full access to the facility. In addition, kids can host 80-min birthday parties that includes an instructor and pizza and cake.

Windy City Ninjas is located at 684 W. Lake St. To find out more, including class times and pricing, visit

Here at Gracik Makinney Group, we love seeing new businesses open up, and this is a fresh take on traditional fitness and sports training. To find out more about other exciting happenings in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit