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Elmhurst gym helps kids find their inner ninja

The idea of athletes tackling obstacle courses long has been ratings gold for NBC.

Three years ago, Tom Rhomberg realized the popularity of the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show could help get children excited about fitness. So he decided to start a gym where “ninjas” of all ages could test themselves with various obstacles.

“I saw it as an opportunity to open a business that was really good for this generation of kids,” Rhomberg said. “They are on their devices too much. This is a perfect fit for them. They will put down their devices to do this.”

Rhomberg and his wife, Emily, opened their first Windy City Ninjas gym in February 2017 in Chicago. This past summer, they debuted a second location at 684 W. Lake St. in Elmhurst.