Fitness Centre Rules & Etiquette

For the enjoyment and safety of all patrons inside the BirdCoop and ARC Fitness Centres, please adhere to the following etiquette information:

COVID-19 Changes

  • Equipment Policies:
    • Every other piece of cardio equipment will be closed to allow for physical distancing.
    • Certain small equipment items will not be available due to the difficulty in cleaning and sanitizing.
      • These items include: dip belts, weight belts, ankle straps, and wrist straps. Should you require any of these items, please feel free to bring your own.
    • Other small equipment such as foam rollers, bands, skipping ropes, bar pads, etc. will be limited in number to ensure proper cleaning and sanitizing between workouts.
    • Chalk for use on the platforms and racks will not be provided. Members can bring their own supply of chalk to use.
    • Bar collars/clips will be removed from the floor but can be requested from the Floor Staff for use.
    • The scale will be removed from the fitness centre.
  • Cleaning Equipment Protocol
    • Upon entering the BirdCoop, members will receive a personal cleaning spray bottle for their workout.
    • Members are required to clean each piece of equipment before and after use.
    • There is paper towel throughout the fitness centre to use for cleaning.
    • When a member is finished their workout, they will return their cleaning spray bottle to the front desk to be sanitized for the next workout session.
  • Bag Policies:
    • Umbrellas, skateboards, bags, etc… will not be allowed to be stored behind the desks or by the Staff.
    • As there is no lockers, small bags will be permitted in the BirdCoop. Please keep your belongings with you at all times.
  • Climbing Cave
    • The Climbing Cave will be closed until further notice.
  • Additional Information and Policies
    • Spotting, working out in partners/groups, or working in with other members are not allowed at this time. Please plan your workout accordingly.

Before Entering the Fitness Centres

  • Bags, umbrellas, jackets, skateboards, etc… are not allowed past the front desk.
  • No candy, food, gum or outside drinks allowed.
  • Plastic and personal water bottles are allowed.
  • Drink water. It is important to stay hydrated to avoid fatigue and dehydration.

Apparel Policies

  • Proper athletic shoes and workout clothes must be worn when in the fitness centre.
  • No jeans allowed.
  • Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times in the fitness centres.

Equipment Policies

  • Valid Photo ID is required to sign out any small equipment from the fitness centre desks.
  • Only use equipment on which you have been given proper instruction on.
  • Fitness Equipment cannot be removed from the fitness centres.
  • Report any equipment malfunctions to the staff immediately to ensure the safety of all patrons.

Proper Etiquette

  • Ask staff for assistance if you are unsure how to use a machine.
  • Use weight training belts when training with heavy weights.
  • Use collars on all bars at all times – please ask floor staff for them.
  • Use of personal chalk is allowed at the Olympic Platforms in the BirdCoop.
  • Do not drop weights except on the Olympic Platforms using bumper plates.
  • Put away all your weights and plates after use.
  • Wipe down all equipment and benches before and after use to be respectful of the next person to use that piece of equipment.
  • Keep workout area clear.
  • Please respect time limits listed for specific areas of the fitness centres such as the free weight, stretching, and squat racks and platform areas.
  • Do not work out between people using benches in dumbbell area.
  • Please limit your cardio use to 30 minutes (20 minutes at peak times).
  • If you feel faint or dizzy, stop, sit down and ask for assistance.

Failure to comply with these rules may result in loss of BirdCoop and ARC Fitness Centre privileges.