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Fitness Center - Gainesville Campus

Campus Rec - Gainesville - Operations Update

Facility capacity is currently limited to 30 patrons at a time. Please call 678-717-3414 to check current capacity. 

The outside track is open and available for use.

Note: Open to employees, students and members only. No guest/day passes available this fall.

Located in the Hugh Mills Physical Education Complex, our fitness center gives you a wide array of cardio and strength-training machines and free weights to help you become a healthier you!

Fall 2020 Health and Safety Updates/Protocols

  • Open to employees, students, and members.
  • We are not issuing guest/day passes this fall.
  • Capacity is limited depending upon activities and areas to adhere with social distancing requirements, for instance: the pool is limited to only six lap swimmers at a time in the swim lanes but 4 others can utilize the deep area if spread apart adequately. The pool can handle up to 30 in the swim lanes if people are staying within their space and limiting movement. The fitness center can handle up to 30 exercisers at a time. The gymnasium is closed to open use but will host Kinesiology classes, Group Exercise classes, and modified Intramural activities.
  • We are not allowing locker use and limiting the available showers (mainly for pool use to meet Health Department requirement).
  • We have marked out traffic flow and encourage patrons to “get in and get out” to avoid congregating.
  • Outside activities are encouraged with no mask requirement while practicing social distancing.
  • Face coverings will be required at all times, even when working out.
    • Things to Consider When Exercising With a Mask
      • Consider masks that are breathable, comfortable, moisture-wicking with multi-layer microbial fibers for working out.
      • If you are new to exercising or haven't exercised in a long time, pay extra attention to your breathing and recovery.
      • Give your body extra time to adapt to change in the flow of oxygen when working out with a mask. If you do feel lightheaded, dizzy, or extremely short of breath when working out with a mask, you should sit down, notify staff, and take a break.
      • Consult with your doctor before working out with a mask if you have any underlying issues.

Rules and Regulations

Use of the Rec Center is considered a privilege. Mature and respectful conduct is expected and required at all times. Rec Center staff reserve the right to remove any member or guest from the area if they exhibit behavior that is believed to be unsafe or inappropriate.

Rec Center Staff has authority over facility conduct and use of equipment. A patron who fails to follow Rec Center rules and regulations may be given a warning. If a staff member has requested compliance with policy, but the patron has refused, the patron may be asked to leave the Rec Center. Failure to comply with requests of the staff may also result in suspension of facility privileges.

General Rules

  • Patrons are only allowed in the facility during normal operating hours.
  • All patrons must swipe their University of North Georgia I.D. card at the gate upon entering the facility.Only valid patrons with valid ID Cards are allowed in the Rec Center. 
  • Exceptions can be made for patrons who possess an active North Georgia I.D. but forget or lose their card, current active students that have not paid the Rec Center fee, and Ranger Camp employees. These people may purchase an Access Pass for $5 to use the facility for a single day. Access Passes cannot be used to gain access to Group Ex classes, Intramural Sport or Sport Club activities, or the Climbing Wall.
  • Individuals under the age of 15 are not permitted in the Rec Center.Individuals under the age of 18 must be directly supervised by their parent or guardian.
  • Rec Center staff shall monitor overall facility conduct, equipment, sound system, televisions, and thermostat.
  • All bags and personal items must be kept in designated areas and may not be carried around the facility.Neither the Department of Recreational Sports nor the staff are responsible for lost or stolen items. Patrons should report missing items to the Facility Staff as soon as the items are noticed missing.
  • Lockers are available to rent per semester. Day-use lockers are also available for use, but contents and locks must be removed on a daily basis.Locks will be cut and lockers will be cleared at the end of each day.
  • No food or drinks are permitted in the Rec Center. The only exception is water or sports drinks in a sealed container or bottle. Water fountains and drink machines are available in the facility.
  • Spectator passes can be requested through the Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs program.
  • Bikes, roller-skates, and roller-blades are prohibited. Skateboards must be stored in the designated area.
  • Animals are not permitted, with the exception of trained service animals.
  • No one may take pictures or video inside the Rec Center without permission from the Recreational Sports Office.
  • Photography and Videography in locker rooms is strictly prohibited.
  • Personal Training in the Rec Center can only occur through Recreational Sports Trainers. Any other personal training, whether for pay or not, is strictly prohibited due to safety concerns and to ensure that no state facilities are used to advance a private enterprise.
  • If equipment or the facility is lost or damaged, the patron will be responsible for the cost of the repair.
  • Patrons must demonstrate courtesy towards others in the facility at all times. To ensure an inclusive environment:
  • Consistent or excessive yelling/grunting/noise is prohibited. Rec Center staff reserves the right to determine if any noise level is unacceptable.
  • Use of headphones is required when using a personal listening device.
  • Respect for equipment, facilities, and staff must be demonstrated at all times. The Rec Center is a place for everyone to feel welcome.
  • A closing announcement will be made approximately 15 minutes prior to closing. All participants are expected to finish their activity, re-rack all weights, return checked out equipment, and exit the Rec Center by closing time.
  • The use of alcohol, illegal recreational drugs or any form of tobacco while utilizing Recreational Sports facilities is strictly prohibited.

Fitness Area Rules

  • It is recommended that all patrons bring a clean towel to wipe down equipment after each use. Gym Wipes are provided for patrons to wipe down equipment after use.
  • There is a 30 minute limit on cardio equipment, if people are waiting.
  • Bars, weights, and dumbbells must be returned to the proper plate holders or rack after each use.
  • Slamming or dropping dumbbells or weight stacks is strictly prohibited. Always maintain control while exercising.
  • Olympic Lifts are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, cleans and snatches.
  • No equipment shall leave the facility unless prior approval has been obtained by the Recreational Sports Office.
  • Spotters must be utilized, when necessary, on all free weight equipment. Facility staff is able to spot when needed.
  • Weight Clips are required on all barbells with plated weights, at all times.
  • Immediately report any injury or equipment irregularity to the Facility Staff.

Dress Code

  • Street clothes are not to be worn on weight and cardio equipment. This includes jeans, cargo shorts and pants, corduroy shorts and pants, belts, and apparel with rivets or other decorations that may cause increased wear and tear to equipment.
  • Shoes must have a rubber sole and must be athletic in nature. Sandals, open-toe or open-back shoes hard-soled shoes, slip-on shoes, Sperry’s, Vibram Five-Fingers, and boots are prohibited.
  • Tops or altered shirts that expose midriff, stomach, ribcage, or nipples are unacceptable.
  • Shorts and Pants must cover the buttocks and groin area at all times. Skirts are not allowed.
  • Singlets, full body, one-piece suits, made of spandex, spandex-like material, or tight cotton cannot be worn alone; a t-shirt and/or shorts must be worn in addition to the singlet or full body suit.
  • Clothing with obscene or offensive language, gestures, or slogans is unacceptable.
  • Appropriate support and undergarments are required.
  • Anything that compromises the safety and the professionalism of the Rec Center is prohibited.
  • The appropriateness of attire is at the discretion of Rec Center staff.
  • Apparel changes should be restricted to locker rooms or gender neutral facilities.

Locker Room Rules

Recreational Sports Staff and internal or external parties or groups utilizing Recreational Sports facilities are responsible for the strict enforcement of all rules and regulations. Recreational Sports has the right to modify these rules based on circumstance. Failure to comply will result in ejection from the facility.
  • Parents are responsible for their children in the facility.
  • Children over four (4) years of age are not permitted in the locker room of the opposite sex and are only allowed in the locker room under the supervision of the same sex parent or guardian.
  • Recreational Sports Staff may assist in checking availability of the locker rooms should other accommodations need to be made.
  • In some recreation facilities, family changing rooms are available. Please see Recreational Sports Staff for availability of these rooms. Should Recreational Sports Staff not be available, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to make arrangements for their child.

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