From squat racks and bench presses to ellipticals and the indoor track, walking into the Student Recreation Center (SRC), a jungle-gym of activities awaits.
After setting up and preparing to begin the workout one thought pops into students heads – first let me take a selfie.
At the SRC, selfies or any usage of a camera for that matter has never been allowed but recently the staff has made an attempt to enforce it much more.
“Because a lot of the students and faculty come in, we don’t want to make them feel uncomfortable,” said Jasmine Robertson, a kinesiology senior. “We are trying to create this environment where people don’t have to worry about what they look like or being accidentally being on someones Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.”
Although the Director Eric Waters understands students want to show their followers, friends and family their form and newly gained muscles there are privacy issues. The SRC facility and guidelines policy booklet sates, camera usage is prohibited for the protection of all users’.
“The use of cell phones with photographic capabilities or any other photographic equipment is strictly prohibited in the locker rooms or restrooms,” the booklet reads.
The SRC staff has recently placed signs along the key points of traffic that say, “No cameras or mobile phone cameras.”
The initiative began after the staff began seeing on instructional workout videos and photos of gym goers on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
“There was a group of people that two or three days in a row people saw a post that they were doing some stuff in here so he talked to them and put the flyers up and we have seen it since,” Waters said. “We just don’t want anybody coming in just taking pictures or videos on their cell phone and putting them on YouTube. We put the signs up as courtesy to the people. This way they wouldn’t have to get called in and get talked to.”
The signs are used as visual reminders of the rules being enforced. Since they were posted the staff has seen less posts on social media a well as people using their phone cameras while in the facility which can cause people to be uncomfortable.
“Because a lot of the students and faculty come in, we don’t want to make them feel uncomfortable,” Robinson said. “We are trying to create this environment where people don’t have to worry about what they look like or being accidentally being on someones Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.”
Darrius Mehring-Ford, kinesiology senior, who goes to the gym daily likes the new enforcement.
“I like it. It makes it safer for everybody and it doesn’t get weird,” Mehringford said. “You don’t get anybody taking up the machines taking selfies. People are here to workout not to socialize.”
Even though there has been some resistance from people who attend other gyms and are used to this behavior Robertson is fully behind it.
“I feel like people that do video just come off at intimidating because they are posting it somewhere and they know what they are doing so we are trying to eliminate that,” she said.