Protect your skin at the gym

Protect Your Skin At The Gym

Protect your Skin at the gym!

All patrons exercising in any activity area of the Student Recreation Center must wear proper athletic attire, defined as:

  • Athletic shirt or top.

  • Athletic bottoms: shorts, pants, leggings, skorts.

  • Athletic footwear: Sneakers including “foam runner” style footwear.

Street clothes of any kind, including jeans, pants/shorts with zippers and/or belts, or other attire not designed for exercise/athletic activity is prohibited in exercise/work out environments within the Student Recreation Center.  Non-athletic footwear (including boots, Crocs, cleats, shoes with heels, shoes with wheels or any open toe/heel footwear) and bare feet are strictly prohibited.

Pool: All patrons must wear a bathing suit, board shorts and/or clean clothing that allows freedom of movement.  Soiled gym attire and jean shorts are strictly prohibited.

We recommend that patrons wear appropriate footwear for pool decks and locker rooms such as slides or shower sandals while utilizing these areas of the Student Recreation Center.

Patrons that fail to comply with the Student Recreation Center attire policy will not be permitted to utilize exercise/workout spaces.  Campus Recreation reserves the right to ask any patron who fails to comply with our policies to leave the facility.  Campus Recreation reserves the right to modify policies as needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patrons.

Montclair State Campus Recreation advises our patrons to “Protect Your Skin at the Gym” in an effort to promote good hygiene and limit the spread of skin borne illnesses.  We suggest that you exercise in clothing that provides ample coverage of your skin and that you regularly clean machines that you exercise on prior to and after completing your activity.


  • Covering up your skin can help prevent making contact with these germs:
    • Staph: Usually begins as a small area of tenderness, swelling and redness. Sometimes it begins with an open sore. Other times, there is no obvious break in the skin at all. Can often lead to boils, impetigo, food poisoning, cellulitis and many more.
    • Athletes Foot: Is a fungal infection that affects the upper layer of the skin of the foot, especially when it is warm, moist and irritated. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is commonly found on floors and in clothing.
    • Ringworm: Is a fungal skin infection that most commonly affects the skin on the body, the scalp, the feet, or the groin.
    • Plantar Warts: Are small growths that usually appear on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. This pressure may also cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin (callus).
    • Impetigo: This contagious, often painful rash can be caused by staph. Usually features large blisters that may ooze fluid and develop a honey-colored crust.