Rock Steady Boxing

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Rock Steady Boxing
This is a fee-based class. Open to RSS Members, SIU Students, and non-members (community).


  • Due to COVID-19, classes have been canceled until further notice.

Rock Steady Boxing at SIU Rec Center officially began on November 6, 2018.

Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.

Exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder that can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech, and sensory function.

Tuesdays - 1:45p.m.-2:45p.m.
Thursdays - 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Saturdays - 10:0a.m. - 11:00a.m. (select dates)

Classes will be held in the Martial Arts Studio on the 2nd floor of the SIU Student Recreation Center.

Initial Screening: $25 Required for all prior to participation

Rock Steady Boxing Prices

Member Type: Single Class Pkg of 8 Classes Pkg of 16 Classes
General Admission $5.00 $40.00 $80.00
Member of REC $4.00 $32.00 $64.00
SIU Student $2.50 $20.00 $40.00
It is recommended that participants purchase their own pair of handwraps and boxing gloves. These items are not currently available for purchase at the SIU Student Recreation Center. Resources for where to purchase will be made available.
Upon purchase of a class/package of classes, you will be issued a parking placard to put on rear window.

North Entrance off Mill St has a number of handicapped parking spots. You may also park in any non-handicapped spot using the parking placard issued at time of class purchase. Entrance on North side puts you in lower level but there is an elevator available to access 2nd floor.

Grand Avenue Parking also available just across street from REC with safety cross walk to Rec Center. Martial Arts Studio is located on this floor.