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What To Wear

In an effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all patrons, reduce the risk of bacterial/virus transmission, further mitigate risk, consistent enforcement, and prolong the life of exercise equipment, Campus Rec has made updates to it's current attire policy. This re-defined policy will went into effect January 2019.  It is not the intent of these updates to turn anyone away from the facility. However, it is important for patrons and Campus Recreation staff to have policies that are uniformly enforceable.  We've always had an attire policy, but it was more "understood" and not clearly defined.

Please read the following on the research on reasons for maintaining an attire policy in recreational sports facilities. 

DISCLAIMER: Illustrations displayed below are ONLY to be used as a reference to have an idea of what to wear and not to wear.

MRC Attire


  • Tops that cover the mid-section and majority of chest/back area prevent MRSA, ringworm, etc. from being passed from skin to pad/mat contact (even though you should clean your machines after use, unfortunately not everyone does).   Click above for the research on it.
  • Excessive altered shirts contribute to excessive sweat and moisture, which can damage equipment and contribute to virus transmission. Click above for the research on it.
  • Research and surveys indicate that people are reluctant to begin an exercise program or enter a recreational fitness center if they are intimidated within the environment. We operate under a philosophy of creating a safe and welcoming environment for all members and patrons.


  • Shoes protect the feet from equipment that may be dropped accidentally.
  • Wearing athletic style shoes prevents slipping.
  • Backless shoes can easily slip off.
  • Shoes that do not cover the forefoot do not protect the entire foot from injury.
  • In some Group Fitness formats participants may be asked to remove footwear for the safety of the participant (Yoga, Pilates, etc).