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Fitness Center Rules

Fitness Center Rules

  1. Only Campus Recreation staff members may provide exercise instruction and private training.
  2. Groups of 5 or more people who want to work out in an area together must book the space through the Space Request Form
  3. Food and gum is not permitted.
  4. Chalk is not permitted.
  5. Personal belongings must be stowed in a designated space (locker or cubby). BC Rec is not responsible for personal belongings being lost, stolen, or damaged.
  6. Patrons must be at least 14 years old to enter the fitness area.
  7. Athletic shoes must be worn in the fitness area, including spaces for stretching. Appropriate footwear does not include: sandals, bare feet, socks, steel-toed boots or aqua socks.
  8. Appropriate athletic attire is required. Please be modest with your tops and bottoms. Shirts covering the midriff must be worn at all times. Jeans or pants with buttons/hardware are not permitted.
  9. Profanity, yelling and grunting will not be tolerated.
  10. All drinks must be kept in spill-proof plastic containers.
  11. Do not stack, bang, throw, or drop weights.
  12. Due to space limitations and safety hazards, Olympic-style weightlifting is not allowed. Variations of the clean and jerk and snatch are prohibited. Overhead pressing is allowed, but the feet must remain planted on the ground throughout the move. Variations completed with dumbbells are allowed at the staff’s discretion, but not during peak hours. Click here for a list of Olympic-style weightlifting moves.
  13. Re-rack all weights and return exercise accessories to their proper places. Bars should remain in or near the squat racks and bench racks. Bars should not be used in random places around the fitness area, and should be re-racked.
  14. When necessary, use a spotter. Fitness Attendants are available to provide this service at their own discretion.
  15. When performing multiple sets, allow other members to use the equipment during rest periods.
  16. Clean equipment after use.
  17. Return borrowed reading materials to the designated area after use.
  18. Observe a 30-minute time limit on cardiovascular equipment during peak hours.
  19. All equipment should be used only in the manner for which it is designed. Do not attempt to modify equipment or use is in a non-standard manner.
  20. Patrons are encouraged to bring a towel to dry their bodies, which protects the equipment from excess perspiration.
  21. Proper warm-up and cool-downs are recommended for a healthy work out.
  22. Users of this facility must comply with all instructions given by the facility staff. Failure to comply with instructions or regulations may result in suspension of center privileges.
  23. All concerns and maintenance needs should be immediately reported to the Fitness Attendant.
  24. All equipment must remain in the building. Outside equipment may not be brought in. 
  25. Report all injuries to Fitness Attendant immediately.
  26. Individuals are responsible for checking equipment prior to each use. Broken or damaged equipment and/or equipment malfunctions should be reported to the Fitness Attendant immediately.
  27. Cell phones are permitted on the fitness floor, but no phone calls are allowed.
  28. Using safety clips is recommended for all barbell and plate lifts and is required for barbell overhead lifts, squat and bench.
  29. See General Group Fitness policies here.



Q: Why is Olympic-style weightlifting not allowed?
Our current facilities lack the appropriate space to install Olympic-lifting platforms. These space limitations also pose an increased risk for the participant performing these moves, as well as for the patrons in nearby areas.


Q: Why do I have to wear shoes in the fitness areas?
Closed-toe footwear must be worn at all times, even while stretching, for sanitation reasons. Also, closed-toe footwear does provide protection to the feet from injuries like stubbing toes on equipment. Additionally, in the event that an accident does occur, the closed-toe shoe may help in containing the injured area, including bodily fluids. 


Q: Why can’t I drop weights?
We understand that occasionally you may drop a weight, but repetitive dropping of weights damages the equipment and the floor. We ask that the weight selected can be controlled throughout the entire movement. Also, repetitive dropping of weights could potentially cause injury to you and surrounding members.


Q: Why can’t I use chalk when lifting?
We understand that using chalk may help with certain lifts, but due to the mess the chalk makes it is not allowed, even if the member offers to clean it up.