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

Updated August 26, 2019 121 votes 41 voters 3.4k 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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    Grand Blue is an anime about a college diving club that spends most of its time drinking, partying, and hooking up. Just like in How Heavy Are The Dumbells You Lift?, the show offers a combination of educational depictions of people participating in a physically intense extra-curricular activity with the characters fun-filled every day lives. What's more, both shows don't hesitate to show off their characters assets, whether that's their abs or their chests. 

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    Cells At Work

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    If you appreciate the education on fitness that you get from How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift?, you might also enjoy the education on the human body that you receive from Cells At Work. Rather than focusing on exercise technique, Cells At Work is about the human immune system. The characters are anthropomorphized versions of white blood cells, red blood cells, mast cells, platelets, and more. Through watching them maintain their environment and fight off pathogens, viewers learn about how the human body works. 

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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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    Wanna Be the Strongest in the World

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    Sakura Hagiwara is a pop idol who never thought she'd end up in the world of pro wrestling. She's drawn in after a wrestler named Rio Kazama beats the stuffing out of one of her friends, and she decides to get revenge. Entering the world of pro wrestling is harder than she ever imagined, and she struggles at first. 

    While Sakura Hibiki isn't competing with anyone but herself and isn't involved in anything quite so dark as vengeance, she does find herself in a whole new world of working out that doesn't suit who she thinks she is, but ends up becoming one of the best things she ever did.

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