Policies & Guidelines


Free Weight Equipment  


Use the following cues when assisting with free weight exercises:

  • Do not hold breath during exercise.
  • Clear the general area of any obstacles
  • Do not attempt an unreasonable amount of weight.
 2. Do not attempt to save a failed repetition. Let the bar fall to the floor or gradually lower it to your chest and roll it off the body.
 3. When using a squat rack: set supporting pins at armpit height and perform all exercises inside the rack.
 4. Collars must always be used to secure weights.
 5. If using accessories with a cable machine make sure they are attached securely before performing the exercise.
 6. All exercises should be performed in a slow, smooth motion.
 7. The use of a spotter is highly recommended.
 8. Spotting Guidelines:
  • When using a spotter, it is important to communicate with the participant about bar lift off and racking cues as well as the amount of assistance needed prior to the beginning of each set. During barbell lift, position yourself closest to the bar and always support the bar. During dumbbell exercises, always support wrist, elbows or weight, (there should only be one joint between the weight and the spotter).
  • Do not attempt to spot if you do not feel comfortable with the exercise or individual.

Selectorized Equipment

1.  Follow the instructions posted on the equipment for general guidelines.
 2. Fully insert selectorized pin into weight stack for machine exercises
 3. Do not hold breath during exercise.
 4. All exercises should be performed in a slow smooth motion.

Cardio Equipment

 1.  Utilize all safety features: clips, handrails, foot pedals, etc.



All patrons must have a valid UAlbany ID.  

 2. No gum, food, or drinks (except water in closed, plastic containers) is allowed.
 3. Sandals, flip flops, crocs, boots, black-soled shoes, jeans, and any pants with buttons or hardware (zippers/rivets) and skirts are prohibited.
 4. Athletic shoes must be worn at all times. 
 5. Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
 6. Shirts are required at all times. Cutoffs, midriffs, or altered shirts are prohibited.


Olympic lifting is prohibited- this includes cleans, snatches, and jerks.
8. Do not drop weights. Do not allow machine places to slam down.
9. Equipment should only be used for its intended use.
10. Exercises that cannot be performed in a safe manner or pose any risk to others are prohibited.
11. Weight collars, pins, clips & machine safety hooks MUST be used. Spotters are recommended.
12. Re-rack all weights/plates to their designated storage areas.
13. Benches must be kept out of walkway. Decline benches may not be moved.
14. No weight lifting chalk is permitted.
15. Bars may not be removed from their racks for use in exercises other than the lifts meant for that station.
16. Please report equipment failures to the staff on duty.
17. Wipe off controls, seats, pads, and railings before and after using equipment.
18.  Personal trainers not hired or authorized by the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation may not train clients within the SEFCU Fitness Center.
19. The use of drugs and alcohol is prohibited prior to and within the SEFCU Fitness Center.
Courtesy 1 Busy in Fitness Center? Please keep cardio to 30 minutes as a courtesy to others.
Courtesy 2 If performing multiple sets on a piece of equipment, please allow others to work in with you.