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Attention Personal Trainers! Learn To Teach Boxing At Gleason’s



Here is contact info for Gleason's Gym, INFO@GLEASONSGYM.COM 718-797-2872.

You perhaps have fallen off your resolution wagon, if you track along with the statistical majority. That’s OK, there is still the opportunity to rebound, get back on the revamping track.

If you are in need of an injection of resolve, may we suggest you head over to the famed and fabled Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO, Brooklyn on Saturday, Jan. 12, and check out the first edition of their monthly boxing series.

“What’s exciting about the show,” said gym chief Bruce Silverglade, “is it the last of the previews before the new tournament takes place at Madison Square Garden, The Road to the Garden tourney. We have 18 bouts scheduled.”

This club series has only been growing in popularity; Silverglade has seen more pre-sale action for this show than he’s had since he started running these events.

People weigh in at 4 PM, the gym is closed to workouts, and then fights start at 6 PM ET, for the record. Here is tix info.

Now, in case you don’t know, Gleason’s isn’t simply a place to work out for white collar boxers and regular Joes and Janes seeking to trim down, along with a smattering of pros. There are events at the gym all the time, and that includes TV and film shoots, as well as art gallery showings, and yes, even pro wrestling shows. Silverglade’s pal Johnny Rodz..

Ex WWF wrestler Johnny Rodz is a Bronx born teacher of young talent who runs a wrestling school out of Gleason's Gym.

.. has a show on Saturday, Feb. 2, and his wrestling school, housed at Gleason’s for almost 30 years, turns out some superb sports entertainers. “They are almost as good as Gleason’s at turning out talent,” cracked Silverglade. Rodz’ World of Unpredictable Wrestling program starts at 8 PM and runs til about 11 PM at Gleasons; tix info can be found here

Then, next Thursday, Silverglade has a trainers clinic, which runs Jan. 17-19, where personal trainers can learn and get a certificate–good for one year–which indicates they have a basis of knowledge to teach basic boxing. “There is a two hour session in the morning and evening, a total of twelve hours and you have to attend a total of six of the twelve hours,” the head honcho told us. He splits it up so trainers can continue to see clients and break up the sessions. You can call the gym to sign up, or even just show up. Here is more online info.

Then, in February, Silverglade’s Master Clinic runs. It goes Feb. 21-23 and that is the 11th annual session where those slightly older practitioners can learn and then rumble. They have a sanctioned show to cap off the clinic, and you get a physical to make sure your body is running on all cylinders before you compete. For the record, those age 40 and up are deemed “Masters,” so that’s something to look forward to, you 30 somethings.

Also…if you are a tourist reading this…or someone who is planning to visit NYC, please do consider heading over to Gleason’s to check out this fight factory. As Silverglade often says, Gleason’s is home to the last true melting pot in America, where budding pros hit bags next to a hedge fund hero next to an off duty sanitation worker. Here, the American Dream is indeed still alive.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.