Hanscom Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

News > Feature - Stepping into the ring
Stepping into the ring
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - Gregory Leschishin stands in the boxing ring July 8. Mr. Leschishin, who has more than 35 years of boxing experience, offers boxing classes at the Fitness and Sports Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rick Berry)
Download HiRes
Stepping into the ring

Posted 7/20/2011   Updated 7/20/2011 Email story   Print story


by Peter Blackburn
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

7/20/2011 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Now that summer has hit full stride, those looking to knock off a few pounds or rev up their fitness routines can check out the Fitness and Sports Center's boxing classes, taught by Gregory Leschishin.

Mr. Leschishin serves as the 66th Force Support Squadron's School Age program assistant, but is also an Olympic-style boxing coach, and members of the Hanscom community can experience the boxer's workout first-hand through both group and private sessions.

The coach says participants should bring a water bottle, comfortable sneakers, shorts and towel to class, but are advised to leave preconceptions about boxing at the door.

"Usually when people hear about boxing they think about guys with no teeth beating each other up, but that's not what we teach here," said Mr. Leschishin. "A lot of people are scared to get hit, but what we do is instruct people how to successfully box or spar with someone their own size and age -- only if they want to."

Not everyone who lifts weights intends on becoming a professional bodybuilder, according to Mr. Leschishin.

"Likewise, you don't have to actually get hit to participate in the sport of boxing," he said. "The workout is great."

For individuals interested in the boxer's workout, Mr. Leschishin, who is also a certified personal fitness instructor and USA Boxing Level II official, offers both non-contact and contact sessions. Non-contact sessions are offered in groups on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and contact sessions are offered in semi-private and private formats.

Mr. Leschishin, who has more than 35 years of boxing experience, also stays current with boxing across the country. He just represented New England at Lake Placid at a Junior Olympic Boxing Tournament in June and was selected to attend the Junior Olympic national tournament in Alabama in August as a boxing official, his first national tournament.

"It's an honor to support an Olympic program for the military," said Mr. Leschishin. "The Air Force's motto is 'Fit to Fight' and I'm proud to help active-duty servicemembers, as well as civilians, be the best they can be, mentally, physically and athletically."

The fitness center, where Mr. Leschishin teaches, also is home to a newly-donated, Olympic-sized boxing ring. He says this has boosted interest in the sport on base. The ring will be used to practice for a charity boxing event on Nov. 11 this year, the first boxing show on base in decades.

"We are seeking potential participants to join my present boxers to get out there and try out what they've been learning, while at the same time putting on a charitable event," said Mr. Leschishin. "We're hoping to raise a good amount of money for the families of veterans coming home from Afghanistan. I also want to thank Jerry Turnbow, the fitness center director, for his support in this worthy event."

All classes utilize USA Boxing approved equipment, including speed and heavy punching bags. For increased safety, an orientation safety session is required before individuals can be approved to use the equipment.

"Amateur boxing is a very safe contact sport, actually one of the safest out there as long as it's done in a supervised and safe way," he said. "That has always been my philosophy."

Private classes are fee-based are based on services rendered. They can be arranged by calling Mr. Leschishin at 617-595-8141 or emailing rocknrollboxer@hotmail.com. More information can also be found at www.minutemanboxing.com.  

No comments yet.  
Add a comment

 Inside Hanscom AFB

ima cornerSearch

tabMission NewsRSS feed 
Air Force acquisition lead moves to MITRE

Improving mission planning via the Hanscom MilCloud

Upcoming fraud working group to highlight current issues

Securing the future by Bending the Cost Curve

Global Broadcast Service: the military's 'direct TV', now available in a rucksack

tabHanscom NewsRSS feed 
Turkeys distributed to Airmen  |  VIDEO

Winter driving in New England  |  VIDEO

Gmytrasiewicz encourages graduates to 'take care of your troops'

Hanscom recognizes military families   |  VIDEO

Thanksgiving food preparation and safety tips

Gate improvement project under way

Senior NCOs set goal to collect 300 turkeys, hams for those in need

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

FSS announces winter fitness assessments schedules

Still time to donate to CFC

tabNews Briefs and HappeningsRSS feed 
Upcoming events

News in Brief

School Notes  1

tabCommentaryRSS feed 
Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor

Choosing to live

Snack all day, get tooth decay

tabPhoto FeatureRSS feed 
Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Nov. 20

Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Nov. 13

tabFeaturesRSS feed 
Laying the foundation for future AF, Coast Guard enlisted leaders

Command chief focused on mission, careers of Airmen

From Army Air Corps to U.S. Air Force, 71-years and counting

Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act