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Step #3: Only buy what you’ll use

                                                                                                                                                             While the temptation might be there to design your home gym
                   Step #2: Provide a solid foundation                                                                                                       to look like a commercial gym, complete with a wide array of

                                                                                                                                                             machines you’re not sure how to operate, this is the wrong step

                   Often overlooked by home gym builders yet crucial to the success and                                                                      to take.

                   usability of the space is the floor. It needs to be reinforced to take the
                   weight of well, weights, amongst other heavy gym equipment.                                                                               Instead, focus on what you do use. Love the rowing machine
                                                                                                                                                             and never set foot on a treadmill? Buy the former, and forget

                   Floor reinforcement is fairly cheap and can come in the form of inter-                                                                    about the latter, as the only customer you’re trying to impress is
                   locking tiles, so this step can be easily completed, avoiding nasty                                                                       yourself. Sure, there’s no harm in investing in some equipment

                   structural damage that can occur - especially on upper floors.                                                                            you’re curious about but have never tried, but try to keep these
                                                                                                                                                             purchases small-scale - think a new set of weights rather than a

                                                                                                                                                             complex cross-trainer.

                                                                                                                                                             If you tend to combine gym workouts with outdoor pursuits,

                                                                                                                                                             then you should create a place in your home gym to store your
                                                                                                                                                             cycle equipment amongst other things - instead of investing in

                                                                                                                                                             a exercise bike you won’t use.

                                                                                                                                                             Step #4: Curate a relaxation area

                                                                                                                                                             Once your workout is over, you’ll want a place where you can
                                                                                                                                                             relax and recuperate afterwards. If money is no object, then a

                                                                                                                                                             tempting option is a hot tub on an adjacent patio or roof ter-
                                                                                                                                                             race. A relaxation area can be of any size and incorporate any-

                                                                                                                                                             thing you want, so you don’t need to go for the most opulent
                                                                                                                                                             option - and besides, you might end up using the hot tub a lot
                                                                                                                                                             more than the gym itself.

                                                                                                                                                             Utilising the rest of your home gym’s space to create a reading

                                                                                                                                                             snug is a more budget-conscious idea - think of a room laid out
                                                                                                                                                             in this way as a place where you can train body and mind in
                                                                                                                                                             total peace and tranquillity.
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