About Us: Wellness Center


Guidelines and Policies

How to Uphold the Rules of the Facility

  • Read, understand and follow all rules, expectations and posted signs.
  • Observe all the posted equipment instructions and warnings.
  • If there is a piece of equipment you do not know how to use, do not assume you know how to use it. Ask for assistance.

When Using a Piece of Equipment Someone Else is Using

  • Ask if you can “work in between their sets.” If they say, "no," please be patient and wait.
  • Acceptable reasons for denying an individual's “may I work in?” request include the following:
    • Two or more individuals are already using the equipment.
    • The equipment is loaded with a large amount of weight and the user is almost done.
  • When “working in” allow the other person to use the equipment after each set and re-set all equipment adjustments back to where they were before you started.
  • If someone begins exercising on a piece of equipment while you are resting between sets, you should say, “I only have X number of sets left. You can "work in" with me if you would like.
  • If you were "working in" between someone's sets, make the other person aware that someone is already sharing the equipment.
  • If while waiting in line to use the equipment, you leave to get a drink or to use the restroom, tell the person behind you that you are coming right back so they are aware you are waiting.
  • If someone sneaks ahead of you, you should say, “I just went to ____. I believe I was here before you.”
  • You cannot claim a piece of equipment by setting a towel or water bottle on the equipment or next to it.

When Using Equipment While Others Are Waiting

  • Allow others to work in between your sets.
  • Do not rest on the equipment; it is better to walk around to accelerate your recovery.
  • When using cardio equipment, please do not exceed the 45 minute time limit.
  • Wipe down all equipment following each set with the provided pre-moistened wipes then discard the wipes appropriately.

When You Are Done Using a Piece of Equipment

  • Wipe down the equipment with the pre-moistened wipes provided and discard the wipes appropriately.
  • Take all of your extra personal equipment with you including water bottles, towels, weight belts, etc....
  • Put all equipment away properly and securely. Place rack-free weights in their designated location; and return cable accessories, dumbbells, kettle bells, jump ropes and stretch cords to the appropriate rack and/or stand. Wipe down the stability and balance balls before returning them to the storage area.

When Using the Center, Avoid Excess Noise

  • Keep in mind the Wellness Center is a public place.
  • Avoid excess chatter while utilizing the exercise areas.
  • Limit cell phone use that prevents you from exercising.
  • Limit grunting and yelling during exercise. The use of profanity while exercising is not acceptable.
  • Avoid dropping weights and banging weight stacks on the machines.
  • Use cardio equipment properly.
  • Do not bounce balls in the facility. The basketballs are for the basketball courts only.
  • Remember loud or constant noises can annoy other facility users. Be considerate.

Use Spotters For Safety

  • Ask for a spot when working intensely on higher-risk exercises such as bench presses or squats.
  • Limit the number of times you ask for a spot.
  • Only use the amount of weight you can handle.
  • Only do intense work outs occasionally.
  • Exercise to performance failure on higher-risk exercises infrequently.
  • Communicate with the spotter before you start your exercise routine.
  • Ask the individual to spot you in a specific manner if that is important to you.
  • Indicate the desired number of repetitions you would like to do.
  • Do not expect a spotter to assist beyond one assisted repetition (max rep).
  • Once you complete an assisted repetition, rack the weight.

Abstain From Telling Other Guests How To Use The Equipment

  • You may discuss equipment use with others if it is your job or if someone’s life is in danger.
  • If you see someone struggling to figure out how to use a machine, feel free to ask if they would like assistance. It is best to direct them to a Wellness Center employee or student worker.

Wear Proper Attire

  • Wear workout clothes and athletic shoes in the exercise areas (jeans are not appropriate).
  • Refrain from working out without a shirt (or in just a sports bra) and without athletic shoes.

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Avoid offensive body odors. Bathe regularly and use deodorant.
  • Wipe down equipment after you use it.
  • Avoid spreading germs.
  • Wash your hands after using the restroom.
  • Wash your hands after sneezing or coughing into your hand.
  • Wash your hands after you workout.
  • Remember the Wellness Center is a smoke-free facility.
  • Refrain from smoking near the Center entrance.

The Proper Way to Change Music or Television Stations

  • The Wellness Center subscribes to Pandora.
  • All Wellness Center users should be courteous and ask others if they will be inconvenienced  or annoyed by a change request.
  • You may bring your own personal music device and ear buds/headphones.
  • If you choose to listen to your own music, make sure it is not too loud and at a respectable level.

The Proper Way to Use Water Fountains and Ice Machines

  • Drink or fill your personal water bottles with minimum splash.
  • Do not bring glass bottles in the exercise areas. 
  • If you need an ice bag, ask a Wellness staff member for assistance. Naturally, the bags are only to be filled with ice.
  • Discard used ice bags properly.
  • Avoid spitting or throwing chewing gum away in the water fountains.

Contact Us

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Wellness Center Hours

Mon - Thurs: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Summer Hours
Mon. - Fri.: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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