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What's New?
Class Schedule
Personal Training
Youth Boxing
Women's Boxing
Sparring Partner 

         Lauren Buric

Pugs Barret Bailey preparing for 2016 Golden Gloves

3/09/2016 - Woodstock Independent article -Baret Bailey & the 2016 Chicago Golden Gloves

5/25/12 - Patch Article. "Contender's First Boxing Coach Paints a Picture", Dobry Commissioned to do Portrait of Pug's Alumni, Mike Lee

5/26/12 - Chicago Tribune Article: 'On The Canvas', Dobry's Portrait of Mike Lee

        Jenn Jacobs


5/25/12 - Pug's Owner & Head Trainer, Gary Dobry showing new work @ Packer Schopf in Chicago

5/16/12 - PR - Gary Dobry @ Packer Schopf Gallery : June 1st thru July 7th, 2012

Pugs Asst Trainer Jeff Lanas vs Roberto Duran

5/12/12 - Chicago Tribune article: Pug's Boxing Club's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry, Exhibiting New Paintings at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, June 1 - July 7, 2012

Pug's Hall-of-Famer, Ricky Lanas vs. Montell Griffin

3/8/12 - Pug's Chris Hill Moves on to the Semi-Finals in the 2012 Chicago Golden Gloves

1/29/12 - Pug's  Prospect Chris Hill Victorious at University Club

Pugs' CutMan Lorenzo Meyer & James 'Lights-Out' Toney

11/17/11 - Chicago Tribune - Smokin' Joe Frazier and Pug's Boxing Club @ The School of Hard Knocks

10/26/11 - Chicago Tribune - Youth Boxing at the School of Hard Knocks

139lb Chicago Silver Glove Champion Deon Johnson sparring w/ Crusierweight contender Dimar Ortuz

10/19/11 - Patch Article -Pug's High-Schooler a Wrestler who Boxes

9/26/11 - Northern Illinois University will host guest artist Gary Dobry, Head Trainer @ Pug's Boxing Club, whose work is currently on display @ The Jack Olson Gallery in the show "Inked". Dobry will speak on Monday, September 26, at 5:00pm

Pug Hall-of-Famer, current light-heavyweight contender, Mike Lee

9/7/11 - Patch Article - Cary-Grove's Chris Hill Stands Out at Pug’s Boxing Club - Click here for article

8/29/11 - Pugs' Boxing Club's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry, will exhibit some of his paintings in 'Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art' @ Northern Illinos University. Read article by clicking here

 Pugs' Head Trainer, Gary Dobry

6/9/11 - Chicago Tribune article, "Two Heavyweights Show Their Canvases". Pug's Head Trainer Gary Dobry exhibits new work with blues legend Bumble-Bee Bob Novak at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago

        Lauren Buric

11/6/10 - Chicago Tribune article, "Life After Ed Paschke and Henry Miller, Solo Exhibition, Gary Dobry, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, 11/19-12/14/10

6/1/10 - " Mother and daughter spend quality time together at a boxing gym in Crystal Lake

3/25/10 - Pugs' Hall-of-Famer, Jeff Lanas meets-up with his old nemisis, Roberto Duran

The Castro Brothers, Pug's 7 & 12 yr. old Jr. prospects    

1/13/10 -"She Stays Trim with the Help of a Boxer's Workout", Chicago Fitness Examiner

12/08/09 - Pugs' Boxing team starts training for 2010 Chicago Golden Gloves

8/15/08 - NW Herald; Dobry Opens New Gym in Crystal Lake!

WBC Lightweight Champ David Diaz &  Bill Heglin

3/15/06 - Chicago Tribune; Obed Sullivan on Comeback trail

2/27/06 - Dobry signs deal to train former NABF & IBF heavyweight champ OBED SULLIVAN

 Pugs' Hall-of-Famer Jose Hernandez

11/19/05 - Where did Olin Kreutz learn to punch like that?

11/16/05 -Chicago Tribune article - Kreutz boxing coach steps up


Trainer Tony Prignits & Pug's Prospect Chris Hill (2012)    

Pugs' Hall-of-Famer, Golden Glove Champ, John Venesanakos


         Jose & Tony


   Pugs' Hall-of-Famer, Rick Lanas

  Pugs' owner Gary Dobry (r)
  Buzz Kilman, Radio Legend (l) 

Pugs' Cut-Man Extraordinaire, Lorenzo Meyer (cornering  in Smokin' Joe Frazier's last fight vs. Jumbo Cummings)

   (l) Pugs' Hillary Slater

  Dobry & Danny Bonaduce

Jimmy Younan, Danny Bonaduce, Gary Kruse, Pat Gavin & Pug's owner, Gary Dobry

Pugs' Owner Gary Dobry (l)& Gary Kruse (r)



       Kingdom Come
        by Gary Dobry







Boxing Training is a full-body cardio-vascular work-out that reaps both aerobic and anaerobic benefits. Whether you goal is to FIGHT, or just to get into FIGHTING SHAPE, let Gary help you achieve your goals. Call Gary at: 815 356 6572 or email us at: pugsgym@aol.com for more info!


12, 26 or 52 1-hour personal sessions with Pug's Boxing Club's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry. This is a HARDCORE personal-training package for COMPETITIVE FIGHTERS which includes sparring and fight preparation.


12, 26 or 52 1-hour personal sessions with Pug's Head Trainer, Gary Dobry. We design a program specifically for YOU that exploits boxing training's cardio-vascular and anaerobic benefits that will get you into FIGHTING SHAPE!




                                          PERSONAL TRAINING

Gary Dobry is the owner/operator and head trainer at Pug's Boxing Club at the School of Hard Knocks in Crystal Lake, Il.. Dobry, a former amateur boxer himself, has trained numerous amateur and professional champions including, but not limited to, former heavyweight champion Obed Sullivan and National Golden Glove Champion, Jose Hernandez. Dobry's client list also includes the names of numerous celebrities including former Partridge Family star, Danny Bonaduce, former Bear's All-Pro Center, Olin Kreutz, current light-heavyweight contender, Mike Lee and the Raven's (football), Tommy Zbikowski.

Dobry training Danny Bonaduce

Dobry is also a former competitive bodybuilder and has competed in numerous local, regional and national bodybuilding competitions. Dobry started training fighters while still fighting himself. Living in Paris, and unable to get a work visa, Dobry was able to earn money training fighters he met in the gym. The french boxers, schooled in the 'Marquis of Queensbury' style, were hungry to learn the inside and Kronk techniques Dobry used sparring them.  Upon returning to the states Dobry started boxing competitively again and eventually made the transition from fighter to trainer and opened up his own gym.

       Dobry, 1990   Dobry, today 

"There is a reason they call it the 'education of a fighter', Dobry says. "You're going to school". "I train my fighters to be technicians, to have solutions for every problem they will encounter in the ring." "I've learned more about boxing since retiring than I knew when I was fighting. I learned much by default, by sparring with the best boxers here, in Europe, and from Mexico and Central & South America. Fighters call this 'experience'. "I train all my fighters in the style that compliments their body-type and mental fortitude and, unlike most of the trainers around today, I'm a 'hands-on' trainer. I spar with all my fighters and share my experience with them in the ring, not just on the pads.

"There are those who come to me who have absolutely no boxing experience whatsoever. The truth is that I prefer to train those with no boxing experience over those who come to me from a Mixed Martial Arts, or Martial Arts studio where they've acquired skills that resemble street-fighting more than boxing. They may call it "stand-up", but it ain't boxing and I have to spend a lot of time having the client unlearn the bad stuff while he/she learns legitimate boxing skills", Dobry says.  Whether you want to acquire legitimate bona-fide boxing skills, or need to unlearn the deficient stand-up skills you acquired at a Mixed Martial Arts/Martial Arts studio, Dobry has the experience to help you reach your goal.

And, you don't have to be a competitive fighter to benefit from Dobry's training programs. Approx. 75% of Dobry's clients have no desire to fight. They just want to get into 'fighting shape'. 50% of Dobry's clients are woman. 25% are kids (self-esteem, bully victims, etc.), 60% are over 30 years of age and 15% are between 40 - 70 years of age. Many are amateurs or professionals in other sports who cross-train with boxing. Dobry will create your own unique training program. Dobry will design a program specifically to your needs and cross-training with weights and applying the principles of low-glycemic dieting will accelerate fat loss and muscle growth which motivate clients to keep at it. If you have any questions, or would like more information about training with Gary Dobry, contact Dobry at 815 356 6572 or email him at: pugsgym@aol.com 

 Dobry vs. National Golden Gloves semi-finalist, Ruperto Chavez         

                               OUR PROMISE TO YOU!


At the School of Hard Knocks we offer high-quality boxing instruction at affordable prices. We do not get clients into long-term contracts that rack-up $100 - $200 monthly charges on their credit card or do we debit client's checking accounts.  We don't promise clients the world and then fail to provide them what was promised or entrap them in no-way-out contracts. We are not a front for a finance company and we do not retain the services of bill collectors. We don't have to. What we DO do, is provide hi-quality services at affordable prices. It is relatively easy to get a person desperate to get into shape, or wanting to box, to sign-up for a membership, the FIRST TIME. What our challenge is... is to get existing members to renew after their original membership expires. At that time the member will ask himself, "What did I get out of the membership?", "Did I lose fat?", "Did I lose inches?", "Has my cardio-vascular fitness improved?", "Have I acquired above-average boxing skills?", “Was it FUN?”  Our success is totally dependent on the excellence of the services we provide and for us to keep those services affordable to a niche demographic that is, and has been, exploited by Martial Arts and Mixed Martial Arts facilities offering sub-par boxing instruction as part of an expensive, entrapping, no-way-out-of-contract, membership. Our business depends on renewals to continue as a going concern. We understand that. That is why our members are very special to us and why we treat them as special.

Come and try-out a class for free. See if it's for you. Talk to the other members. Get their input. We believe that we offer a membership that will simply KNOCK YOU OUT!

Gary Dobry



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last updated: 6/05/17

                   The School of Hard Knocks Boxing Academy * 824 S. Main St., Crystal Lake, Il., 60014