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February 05, 2021

SIU’s Recreational Sports and Services offering free online workout videos and more

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Recreational Sports and Services is now offering a brand-new series of high-quality workout videos available for free online viewing, complete with warm-ups and cool-downs.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the country and the region, RSS continues to find new and different ways to serve students, clients and the public. The latest addition to the repertoire is the series of 16 videos produced in collaboration with SIU’s Student Affairs marketing team.

Catch the series online

A new video will be added each Monday on the Student Recreation Center’s YouTube site. The videos were filmed at Grinnell Hall and feature workouts ranging from low-impact routines to more physically demanding exercises.

Instructors include:

  • Savanna Ashbaugh, fitness coordinator.
  • Logan Grace, student instructor.
  • Misty Wright, instructor.

The complete workout library will continue to be available for the public to view and use. You can find the first video and a link to the Rec YouTube site at

Many more new programs

In addition to a full slate of online and in-person offerings, RSS is offering a wide variety of new programs as well this spring.

For the first time, students and RSS members can Try Scuba Diving. Lessons are available Feb. 11.  Find details and register online.  

pickleball_graphic-sm.jpgThe pickleball craze that is sweeping the country is hitting RSS as well.  Pickleball classes will be offered with sessions in the mornings and evenings beginning Feb. 16. Find more information and online registration at
Of course, the Rec Center remains open in compliance with state and university safety guidelines offering a wide variety of in-person and online classes and events, including individual and group fitness, intramural sports, access inclusive recreation, sport clubs, base camp, aquatics, rock steady boxing, salsa dancing, sustainable cycling and more. Keep an eye on the website,, for program and schedule updates.