Fitness Zone Policies



  • Appropriate attire is required at all times
  • Button down shirts also are not allowed because they have buttons or divots that can tear the padding on equipment. 
  • Soft-soled, closed-toe athletic shoes must be worn. Sandals are prohibited due to feet being exposed.
  • Athletic bottoms also must be worn, not jeans, which have buttons or divots that can tear the padding on equipment.
  • Inappropriate attire includes: string tank tops, extremely short shorts, jeans, carpenter style pants, sandals/flip flops, steel-toed boots, non-athletic shoes.


Participants must be 16 years old or older to use or be ANYWHERE upstairs in the fitness center. This age limit is common within Campus Recreation facilities throughout the United States. The equipment in the fitness center is designed for individuals with fully developed bodies.

Special Youth Programs do take place upstairs in the facility.  If a child is under 16, the child MUST be attending one of these supervised events.

Equipment Use

All equipment must be used in the manner for which it is designed. If equipment is used in any other way, it may cause injury to the participant and others in the area.

The fitness zone staff is available for individuals not familiar with the exercise equipment. Improper technique during exercise can cause injury or undue soreness. The fitness center staff are available to ask general questions about the equipment. If more in depth information is requested, please request a consultation with a personal trainer, or contact the Fitness Graduate Assistant at 713-743-1621.

Cardiovascular machine use is limited to 30 minutes during peak times, (4:00pm – 8:00pm) to give everyone a chance to use the equipment.

Towels must be used upstairs as a barrier between skin and the equipment. This decreases the chance of transmitting diseases such as ringworm, impetigo and staph infections through body contact on the pads.

All patrons are required to re-rack his/her weights – barbells, dumbbells and plates – when they are no longer in use. 

Weight on the powerlifting platform MUST NOT be dropped from a height higher than knee level.


Water is the ONLY beverage allowed in the facility. Water must be in a closed container at all times because there is chance for beverages to spill if they are not in a closed container. If any powder or mixes are added to water, it is no longer water, and you will be asked to pour it out. Please wait to add powders/mixes to your water until you reach the rotunda.

Personal Training

Personal training is prohibited unless conducted by Campus Recreation employees. If a person is using Campus Recreation facilities to do personal training, Campus Recreation is responsible for the information they are giving to patrons. To ensure proper training and education levels, they must be nationally certified and/or go through our screening process. If personal training is taking place , memberships can be revoked. If a person is interested in becoming a personal trainer, please refer them to the Assistant Director of Fitness at 713-743-9503 or

Failure to abide by all guidelines stated above may lead to the suspension of your priviledges in the Fitness Zone.

Transgender Policy

University of Houston students, faculty/staff and spouse/partners of students, faculty/staff shall be permitted to participate in Departmental programs, activities, and services (to include Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Aquatics, Outdoor Adventure, and Fitness) in accordance with the person's gender self-identification or expression. Sport Club participants will be reviewed on a case by case basis based on the applicable National Governing Body's policies and procedures. The UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center will ensure that every student, faculty, staff, and guest has access to a locker room and bathroom facilities in a safe, comfortable, and convenient environment. Transgender individuals shall not be forced to use the locker room corresponding to their gender assigned at birth. Such accommodations could include, but are not limited to private area in the locker room or use of the family changing room.

Please contact the Associate Director for Operations or Programs at 713-743-9500 with questions or individual cases requiring evaluation.