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The 13 Best Anime Like 'How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift?'

Updated August 26, 2019 163 votes 57 voters 4.8k views13 items

How Heavy Are The Dumbells You Lift? is a fun and energetic Summer 2019 anime about a teenage girl named Sakura Hibiki who joins a gym to try and shed a few pounds, but finds herself drawn into the world of bodybuilding thanks to her classmate Akemi and her aptly named trainer, Machio. Not only is it a cute, fun show with plenty of fan service, it's also educational - the exercises that the characters try out are real ones. Depending on your personal fitness levels, you might even be able to follow along! 

Are there other anime like How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift? You bet there are! If you're looking for another anime about girls hitting the gym, you might want to check out Training With Hinako or Anitore! EX. Looking for another show that handles weight loss at least somewhat realistically? Try Masamune-kun's Revenge or Yuri!!! on ICE. Want to learn about a new subject in a fun and entertaining way? Try Cells At Work or Laid Back Camp, shows that teach viewers about the inner workings of the human body and outdoor camping, respectively. 

Vote up all your favorite anime similar to How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift? to help guide your fellow fans. 

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    When anime depicts weight loss, it's often portrayed as an instantaneous process - Kae Serinuma's total transformation after a week of not eating is more typical than anything that's even remotely realistic. How Heavy Are The Dumbells You Lift? is all about that process - and it makes it clear how hard it can be. 

    The same can be said for Masamune-kun's Revenge. While the overall story has little in common with Dumbell, the protagonist is on a similar weight loss journey. He not only has to work out consistently, he also has to watch his diet - even once he's hit his target. If you're tired of anime's unrealistic approach to the subject, Masamune-kun's Revenge is a must-watch.

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  • K-On! is one of the classics of the "cute girls doing cute things" genre of anime. While How Heavy Are The Dumbells You Lift? has a bit more fan service than can be expected from shows like K-On!, it still fits into the genre. K-On! focuses on a group of girls who are starting a rock band. Some of them are already pretty talented, while others are learning to play music for the first time. That's the same general set-up of Dumbell - just replace music with working out. 

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    If you like saw How Heavy Are The Dumbbells That You Lift? and thought it would be better as a totally buck wild sports anime where girls compete to knock each other into the water using only their butts and their breasts, you've probably already seen Keijo!!!!!!!! because that's not a concept you just think of out of the blue.

    But if for some reason you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth a watch. The characters are just as dedicated to their sport as Hibiki and Akemi are to working out... there's just also a lot of fan service. 

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    While women and girls can do any kind of exercise they want to do, lifting weights is a practice that most people associate with men, not women. The same holds true of riding motorcycles - even though it's an activity that's inclusive of all genders, it's typically associated with men. But the girls of Bakuon! are taking it on, moving from cycling to getting motorcycle licenses and even competing professionally. If you like slice of life shows with an unusual subject matter, Bakuon! is for you.

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