©2019 Sandrovich Yabako, MAAM / Shogakukan / SilverManGym

Subscription video on-demand service POPTV has announced on Friday that they will add the comedy anime How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? this month.

The anime will be streaming on the platform starting Wednesday, November 11, which will be made available for the first time with Tagalog dubbing.



How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? is an anime adaptation of a Japanese slice-of-life comedy manga series, written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by MAAM, which is being published in Shogakukan’s Ura Sunday magazine since August 2016 and currently has 10 volumes.

The anime series was aired on Japanese television from July to September 2019.


Seven Seas Entertainment, which publishes the manga series in North America, describes the story:

Hibiki is a teenage girl who loves to eat, but when she notices her waistline expanding, she decides to check out the local gym. The gym is full of buff dudes… and Akemi, the student council president?! When Akemi tries to convince Hibiki to take up weight training, Hibiki resists–until she meets pretty boy trainer Machio. Now, Hibiki is willing to do whatever it takes to get fit!


©2019 Sandrovich Yabako, MAAM / Shogakukan / SilverManGym

The anime adaptation has been directed by Mitsue Yamazaki, who worked on slice-of-life titles like Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun and Tada Never Falls in Love, while Fairy Tail scriptwriter Fumihiko Shimo handled its series composition.

Ai Kikuchi, who previously worked on New Game! comedy anime, adapt MAAM’s original character designs, which was produced by Doga Kobo.

Hong Kong-based content distributor MediaLink Entertainment, which licensed How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? comedy anime in Asia, has streamed the anime on their Ani-One platform on YouTube in January this year.


POPTV is a subscription video on-demand streaming service of Singapore-based media company August Media Holdings, which is known as one of the companies that produced the Filipino-made anime series Barangay 143.

For more details on POPTV, please visit their website at poptv.ph or follow their social media platforms.