Are you guilty of these fitness club faux pas?

Sure, youre paying for a membership, but that doesnt mean you have free reign to do whatever you want at the gym. Certain etiquette (and hygiene!) rules applyafter all, there are other people paying to be at your fitness club, too. Golds Gym recently conducted a Facebook survey of more than 20,000 fans to uncover their workout pet peeves. Here are five of their top five gym-goer faux pas below, with fitness experts weighing in to encourage better behavior. 1. Leaving sweaty messes. Sweating on equipment without wiping it down afterwards is no-no numero uno. No one wants to sit in your sweaty seat, and they shouldnt have to. If you dont want to get a quick reputation for being a selfish gym-goer, be sure to wipe down the handles and seats of every piece of equipment after using it, says Amber ONeal of Caf Physique. Missi Wolf of Blast 900 adds that if the gym doesnt already provide towels, Always bring at least two with youone for your face and one for the equipment. 2. Stinking up the place. While were on the subject of hygiene, take care of your own. No one wants to work out next to someone who has a major case of B.O. This seems like common sense, but youd be surprised! Take a shower; wear clean clothes for each workout (even if you dont think they smell bad); use antiperspirant; wash your hands before working out; and wipe off cologne and perfume prior to hitting the gym floor, ONeal advises. 3. Creating sound effects. Grunting, yelling or swearing during a class or while lifting weights is incredibly disturbing to the vast majority of people. Most gyms have policies against it, but they may or may not be regularly enforced. If you cant prevent yourself from having these outbursts, consider lowering your weights a little bitor work out with your buddies in your basement or garage, ONeal says. 4. Being chatty. First of all, Wolf says, If you can talk on the phone while on the treadmill, you are not working hard enough! If you must bring your phone to the workout floor (really, only on-call doctors have this excuse), keep it on vibrate and, step away from the class or gym floor when a call comes in. Cell phone chats never feel loud to the person talking, but its very annoying to everyone else, ONeal notes. Along those same lines, it is fine to be cordial to your workout neighbors, but avoid cornering them into a full conversation or prowling for a date. Focus on your own workout and allow others to do the same, ONeal says. 5. Hogging the equipment. Look, if you dont want to feel pressure to get off of equipment, then you should go to the gym at off-peak times. Otherwise, according to ONeal, follow these few courtesy rules: Dont rest on machines between sets and limit your time on cardio equipment to posted time limits (or 20 minutes during peak times when others are waiting if no official limits are displayed). If youre not sure how to operate the weight contraption, come in when the fitness club isnt busy and ask staff to show you how so that others are not waiting on you. And if you absolutely must stay on that ab machine until the cows come home, allow others to work in. (Those taking advantage should return the seat and weight to the last users setup.) Brought to you by: Spry Living