Weight Training Rules and Fitness Etiquette

  • Learn the proper use of fitness equipment. Read the instructions posted on each equipment piece, and start with minimal weights. It is highly recommended and beneficial to schedule an appointment with a Michigan Tech personal trainer. 

  • Know your limits. DO NOT lift beyond your capabilities. Seek assistance from a spotter whenever necessary.

  • Use weight collars to secure weight plates on barbells.

  • Power/Olympic lifting is prohibited in the fitness center at all times.

  • DO NOT SLAM or DROP weights. Patrons should use weights that they can control throughout the entire exercise motion.

  • Return all weight plates and dumbbells to the proper storage racks and horns. DO NOT mix weight plates sizes on storage horns.

  • DO NOT BOUNCE medicine balls against walls. Walls are not structured to handle impact.

  • Weight belts are not permitted on weight equipment other than for squat racks, and free motion activity. ex. deadlifts

  • DO NOT stand too close to mirrors while using weights.

  • Replace all cable attachments to storage towers or hooks. DO NOT leave on cable machines. Heavy attachments can pull cables off pulleys.

  • No fitness center equipment is permitted outside of fitness center.

  •  HAND CHALK is NOT permitted

  • During peak hours, it is recommended to not occupy more than one piece of equipment at a time during a workout. Patrons should NOT to remain on one piece of equipment for prolonged periods of time. Allow others to share the use of the equipment.

  • Wipe down weight equipment with disinfectant wipes after use.

  • DO NOT spit in the water fountain.

  • Report all equipment issues to fitness attendant.

  • Due to liability reasons, no outside personal training is allowed in the fitness center. Only Michigan Tech Recreation employed personal trainers have authority to train patrons in fitness center.

  • No horseplay, foul language, or in appropriate behavior is allowed.

  • Athletic teams may not use the fitness center as a group. No more than 5 team members will be allowed in at one time.

  • Loitering is not permitted in the fitness center.