Hey Bushwickers: if you’ve been looking to shake up your workout routine, look no further than boxing at East Williamsburg’s Green Fitness Studio. Besides being a beautiful and multi-purpose space, it is also home to world-class boxing coach Michael Kozlowski.

Kozlowski is one of the best boxing trainers in New York City and is responsible for the success of many world-famous boxers. He grew up and started his career as a boxing coach in the former Soviet Union. He began as a competitive boxer but suffered an injury early on that caused him to turn to coaching and building champions instead. He holds a masters degree in sports training with a major in physical culture and sports.

Michael has trained many champions including the Israeli national champ Anton Amirov, the U.S. national champ Jill Emery, as well as Russian national champ Sergey Grigoriev.

Michael was born in Kazakhstan, then moved to Moscow in 1984 to open up his own boxing gym. After the fall of the Soviet Union, he moved to Israel upon the Israeli president’s request that he raise Israeli boxing to the Russian level. In 1995, he moved to Brooklyn and began coaching at the legendary Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO, which one of the best boxing gyms in the country.

Coach Kozlowski with students of Stuyvesant School. 

There he remained until last November when he made Bushwick’s own Green Fitness Studio his new home. He left because he felt that Gleason’s was too small. Furthermore, he felt that people in the neighborhood were “too soft.” He wanted to toughen his students up and bring “street rules back to boxing in a gym under [his] control.”

His students come from all over the city to train with him. All ages and levels come to learn Russian-style boxing under his watch, his youngest student being just four years old! In our own backyard, Bushwickers have the chance to learn to box from a man who has built an unprecedented number of champions.

Whether you’re looking for a casual lesson or to become the next world-class boxer, being able to train with Michael Kozlowski is a unique opportunity that is worth taking advantage of.

Drop-in classes are $15 and you can contact the gym directly to inquire about membership rates. 

Coach Kozlowski trains children as well as adults. 


Green Fitness Studio

Gym and wellness studio offering a range of classes and equipment

232 Varet Street between Bogart Street and White Street


 Mon-Thr 6 a.m, – 1 a.m.

Fri 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sun 9 a.m. – midnight


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Cover image by Suzanna Heldring for Bushwick Daily.