Fitness Center Policies

yoga class at the urec fitness center in the Arkansas UnionAll policies listed below encompass the Donna Axum and UREC Fitness Center. Fitness Center staff have the authority to enforce all rules, violators will be asked to abide by the rules or leave the facility. 

  • All participants must be a U of A student, UREC member, or a guest of a member.
  • Minors ages 12-17 must be accompanied at all times. Minors under 12 are not allowed in the fitness center.
  • No food is permitted in the fitness center.
  • Water must be in closed containers.
  • Gum is prohibited in the fitness center.
  • No personal belongings are allowed and should be stored in a locker prior to entering the fitness center.
  • UREC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • No foul language. 
  • Personal training or facilitating workouts in UREC facilities not allowed. 
  • Leave equipment clean and organized.
  • Chalk (liquid or powder) is prohibited in the fitness center. 
  • Wipe down equipment before and after use.

Appropriate attire is required in all UREC Facilities. Specifically, the polices in the fitness center spaces, including but not limited to: Donna Axum Fitness Center, Multi-purpose Fitness Space (HPER 220), UREC Functional Training Space, and the UREC Fitness Center in the Arkansas Union are:

  • Tops, bottoms and shoes are required
  • Tops must cover the chest
  • Athletic shoes must encompass the foot, including a closed-toe and covered heel
  • Shoes can only be removed if:
    • Actively stretching on a mat in a functional training area
    • Actively lifting in a squat rack


UREC staff have the final say in determining if attire is appropriate.

  • Dropping, slamming, or banging hexplates is unacceptable.
  • Deadlifting with an Olympic bar must be done inside the squat rack or on an Olympic platform.
  • Chrome barbells must be used in either the squat rack or used over a bench.
  • Lock collars must be used at all times.
  • All weights, including weight plates and dumbbells, should be re-racked after use. 
  • No throwing medicine balls at the wall or ground.
  • Handstands are only allowed in the Functional Training Space. 
  • Jumping rope can be performed in the Functional Training Space, Mutipurpose Fitness Space (HPER 220), racquetball courts, or gymnasiums. 
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. 
  • Only one person per platform at any given time. Partner or spotters must remain off the platform. 
  • Spotters are recommended for all weightlifting exercises. 
  • Only bumper plate and bars designated for the platform are permitted. They may not be used in any other area.  
  • When not being utilized, bumper plates and bars must be stored in the designated rack. 
  • Lock collars must be used at all times regardless of the total amount of weight loaded onto the bar. 
  • All bumper plates and lock collars are to be cleared from the bar and put back in their proper location at the completion of the workout. 
  • At no time may benches be placed or used on the platforms. 
  • Chalk, either in liquid or powder form, is not permitted in the Donna Axum Fitness Center. 

Participation in all activities in the UREC Facilities, at the University Recreation Sports Complex, or any program sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs or UREC Department, regardless of location, is voluntary on behalf of all participants. 

All participants acknowledge and agree that the University of Arkansas does not provide insurance for any of its activities and shall not be liable for any injuries that occur at any of these locations or any of its programs.