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Episode 1 “Why Don’t You Try Strength Training?”

Hibiki Sakura and Ayaka Uehara are walking home from Koyo Women’s Academy when Ayaka notices that Hibiki has gained weight and suggests that she should go on a diet.

After she weighs herself, Hibiki decides to go on a diet.

A week later, she heads to the Silverman Gym.

When the receptionist guides her inside the gym, Hibiki notices that Akemi Soryuin, who’s from the same school as her, wants to join too.

They look at one of the training rooms and notice that all of the members are buff, which causes Akemi to instantly join.

When Naruzo Machio, one of the trainers, introduces himself to Hibiki, she joins as well.

The next day, Machio instructs them to try the bench press. Hibiki tires out, but Akemi is able to lift it.

Hibiki goes to relax when Machio comforts her.

Suddenly, he poses and she notices that he has a buffed up figure.

At night, Akemi thinks that it’s nice to have a training partner with Hibiki.

At school, Hibiki’s sore from the gym and Ayaka notices that Hibiki’s still gaining weight.

Later, Machio instructs Hibiki to try doing squats.

After training, Akemi notices that Hibiki likes to eat.

When Hibiki reveals how much she eats per day, Akemi states how amazing Hibiki is and how she want them to become strong and macho together.

Episode 2 “Why Don’t You Have Some Protein?”

At the gym, Hibiki weighs herself and notices that she still gained weight.

She asks Machio for advice to lose weight.

Akemi tells Hibiki to try the Lat Pulldown Machine.

After using it, they visit the gym’s bar and Akemi offers Hibiki more protein.

The next day, Akemi convinces Hibiki to go to the swimming pool to get some exercise. Later, at Ayaka’s house, Hibiki and Ayaka are watching a movie.

Just as they are about watch more movies, Ayaka’s sister asks her to help her out and bring Hibiki along too.

To Hibiki’s surprise, she finds out that Ayaka’s family owns a boxing gym called the Glory Gym.

Ayaka’s sister reveals that their dad taught them how to box and they serve as the coaches when he isn’t there.

When Ayaka stops to rest for a moment, Hibiki notices her physique and asks about how she works out.

Ayaka tells her about some of the exercises that she does.

Afterwards, Ayaka’s sister suggests that Hibiki should try the punching bag.

When she punches it, the bag breaks.

Episode 3 “Sensei’s on a Diet, Too?”

Satomi Tachibana and Rumika Aina are teachers at Koyo Women’s Academy and Satomi thinks she’s gained weight.

Rumika gives her a pamphlet to try the Silverman Gym.

When she arrives at the gym, she notices that Hibiki and Akemi are there as well.

Akemi talks to Satomi about exercising, but she doesn’t get what Akemi is saying.

Machio introduces himself to Satomi and instructs her to use the dumbbell.

During the training, Akemi notices that Satomi has a tan on her stomach and Hibiki wants to tease her, but Machio stops them.

It’s later revealed that Satomi’s a famous cosplayer.

At school, Hibiki, Akemi, and Ayaka are having lunch.

Here, Ayaka finds out that Hibiki and Akemi are working out at the same gym.

When they comment about their bentos, Akemi convinces Hibiki to try a certain diet.

At an event, Satomi’s cosplaying and posing until she sees Hibiki and Akemi.

However, they don’t notice her as they spot Machio cosplaying at the event as well.

While many of the photographers took pictures of her, they focus their attention on Machio instead.

As Satomi’s heading home, the trio notices her, with Hibiki believing that she bought dojinshi. At her house, Satomi still wonders who Machio was cosplaying as and is confused why he’s known as the “Muscle King“.

Episode 4 “Did You Have a Nice Summer?”

When Hibiki arrives at the Silverman Gym, she notices that Akemi is staring at the training room.

Machio explains to them that during prime time, there is an influx of regular and new members working out.

Machio instructs Hibiki and Akemi to try the chest press.

When prime time ends, Ayaka unexpectedly shows up and Hibiki thinks that she has left her gym.

Ayaka reveals that the Glory Gym is taking in newer members and the Silverman Gym asked her to teach boxing.

The next day, the trio wants to work out at the gym, but it’s closed.

They then head to other places, but they’re closed as well.

Akemi suggests that they go to her house instead.

Hibiki and Ayaka are stunned when see Akemi’s mansion, who explains to them that she lives there with her sister.

Akemi then goes to find a training manual.

Ayaka wants to try an exercise from the manual by using chairs.

Later, Hibiki attempts to do an enhanced version of the exercise, but she inadvertently breaks the chairs and ends up apologizing to Akemi.

For the rest of summer break, Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka, and Satomi decide to go to the beach.

However, they see a sign that forbids swimming due to sharks.

Akemi suggests that they should try the Burpee.

This is then followed by Ayaka suggesting that they go sprinting.

Episode 5 “What’s Your Sports Day Event?”

At school, Rumika tells the class to choose the event for Sports Day.

The class decides on doing a 400 meter relay.

At the gym, Machio suggests that Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka, and Satomi should train their hamstrings by doing leg curls.

Hibiki is passionate about doing the exercise when Satomi, Akemi, and Ayaka notices her shorts are torn.

Machio is too busy posing to notice.

The next day, Hibiki, Akemi, and Ayaka are walking to school when Hibiki complains about how sore she is due to the exercise.

Later, the final event of Sports Day is the relay with Hibiki and Akemi serving as the anchors for their respective classes.

While awaiting her turn, Hibiki remembers how Machio instructed her to try the Bicycle Crunch.

When her turn finally comes, her classmate drops the baton.

Picking it up, Hibiki continues the relay and finishes in second place behind Akemi.

She is satisfied with her accomplishment until she receives the unfortunate news from Satomi that her class is disqualified because she illegally picked up the baton.

At the gym, Machio gives Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka, and Satomi raffle tickets as a way to celebrate the Silverman Gym being open for six months.

Afterwards, they head to gym’s sauna.

While everyone is relaxing, Hibiki makes a bet to see who can stay in there the longest.

In the end, Hibiki emerges as the winner. She then receives some T-shirts from the raffle.

Episode 6 “Want a New Rival?”

On her way to the Silverman Gym, Hibiki sees a sale for a home theater system.

However, she can’t afford it.

At the gym, Hibiki, Akemi, and Ayaka see a poster promoting an arm wrestling tournament, which has a grand prize of 100,000 yen.

When Hibiki asks Machio about the tournament, he reveals that it’s for gym members only.

He suggests that they all should enter.

Setting up a table, Machio explains the rules of arm wrestling.

In the first match, Hibiki easily defeats Ayaka.

Machio then wins the next match when he overpowers Hibiki with his strength.

On the day of the tournament, Hibiki finds out that there are only two people competing in the women’s division: herself and a Russian named Gina Boyd.

The match ends with her easily winning against Gina.

Several days later, Gina transfers to Hibiki’s school, which surprises Hibiki, Akemi, and Ayaka.

Later, Akemi asks Gina about what kind of training she did at the Moscow branch.

Gina reveals that she mostly took Sambo classes.

She also reveals that she does arm wrestling as a hobby.

She is then asked if she does any strength training.

She tells them that she does kipping.

After school, Akemi asks Gina if she’s going to the gym with them.

She tells Akemi that she can’t because she’s meeting her host family.

Later that night, Hibiki arrives at her home when she notices a pair of shoes.

She soon realizes that Gina is staying with her.

Episode 7 “Want to Be an Idol?”

At school, Hibiki tells Ayaka and Gina that she was surprised to find out the day before that Gina’s staying with her.

When asked where she learned Japanese from, Gina reveals that she learned from watching anime.

She also reveals that she watched Jackie Chan movies in order to understand Japanese culture.

After school, Gina is shocked to find out that the gym is closed for the day.

Hibiki decides to invite Akemi, Ayaka, and Gina to her job.

Once they arrive there, she reveals that she works at her brother’s yakiniku restaurant.

After her break is over with, Hibiki complains about her gym and food expenses.

Akemi then tells her that she can ask the school to cover her gym expenses since her sister is the chairman.

The next day, Satomi is teaching the class when Gina realizes that she’s the famous cosplayer Yuria Riko.

Later that day, Gina hangs out with Satomi and suggests that they jog to Akihabara.

When Satomi asks Gina why she wants to go there, she reveals that she wants to form an idol group.

At an idol audition, Kutaro Deire, the director, complains about how lackluster and boring it is until Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka, Satomi, and Gina show up.

Despite the fact that they have captivated the audience, which includes a moment where Satomi does a deadlift, they don’t make the cut.

Episode 8 “What If We Get Lost?”

In the teacher’s lounge, Rumika and Yakusha asks Satomi if she’s going to hang with them tonight.

Satomi tells them that she can’t because she has something to do.

After she leaves, they wonder why she’s been so busy lately until Rumika sees her Silverman Gym card.

They then head to the gym where they meet Satomi and their students.

Machio introduces himself to them and instructs everyone to try the side bend.

Afterwards, Rumika and Yakusha head home.

In November, the second year students of Koyo Women’s Academy are on a field trip where they’re hiking up a mountain.

During the hike, Yakusha explains the proper technique and exercise for hiking, which motivates Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka, Satomi, and Rumika.

However, Hibiki, Satomi, and Rumika end up falling behind the group.

As a result, they take the wrong trail.

At the summit, Ayaka notices that they’re missing. On the other side of the mountain, Hibiki, Satomi, and Rumika freak out when they realize that they’re lost.

Once they calm down, Satomi notices a tree and explains how to do tree and rope climbing.

As they’re climbing the tree, Yakusha realizes that they went to the athletic corner of the mountain.

Meanwhile, a mysterious man tells his secretary to book a trip to Japan.

Episode 9 “Have You Seen God Before?”

Arriving in Japan, the mysterious man tells his secretary that he’s heading off and that he’s going to leave the competition prep to him.

Meanwhile, at the Silverman Gym, Machio instructs Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka, Satomi, and Gina to try to do back extensions.

Just then, he senses a very strong presence.

The presence belongs to the mysterious man, who is revealed to be the famous movie star Barnold Shortsinator.

When asks about how he knows Barnold, Machio reveals that Barnold was his mentor while he was studying in America.

Barnold tells Machio that he had recently found his location and he decided to show up.

After Machio crushes a hand grip, Barnold invites him to a bodybuilding competition he’s sponsoring.

The next day, the girls arrive at the bodybuilding competition where Barnold escorts them to the VIP section.

There, he explains the rules of the competition.

When it’s Machio’s turn, he does a pose that’s so powerful it causes the other competitors to concede defeat.

Congratulating Machio on his victory, Barnold reveals that the competition was a test and he invites Machio to compete against him in Las Vegas.

Machio tells him that he’s not sure he can make it due to his job.

At the gym, Barnold’s secretary introduces himself to everybody and reveals that he’s staying in Japan under Barnold’s orders to support Machio’s training.

Episode 10 “Do You Like Christmas?”

Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka, and Gina are hanging out together while the town is into the Christmas spirit.

However, they become despondent when they realize that they don’t have boyfriends.

At the gym, Machio and Satomi try to cheer them up to no avail.

Machio then tells everyone that a Christmas party will be held at the gym.

While they’re training, he instructs them to try to do some skull crushers.

When Hibiki attempts it, the bar lands on her head.

At the Christmas party, the girls are enjoying themselves when Machio announces that the winner of the raffle contest will win two tickets to Tochigi Destinyland.

While Machio’s posing, Akemi explains that it’s actually a type of training.

Afterwards, it’s revealed that Satomi won.

However, she can’t go because she’s too busy, and she gives the tickets to Akemi.

When asked, Akemi reveals that she’s going with Machio.

At Tochigi Destinyland, Hibiki, Gina, and Satomi follow Akemi and Machio around.

When Hibiki and Gina catch up with them, Akemi and Machio reveal that they’re entering a cosplay event.

He also takes the time to talk about the incline bench press.

Meanwhile, a separated Satomi runs into Rumika while both of them are in cosplay, much to their chagrin.

Episode 11 “How Are You Spending New Year’s?”

On New Year’s Eve, Hibiki and Gina are home when Akemi and Ayaka show up.

Meanwhile, Satomi and Rumika are having a drinking party at Satomi’s house.

Walking around, Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka, and Gina decide to head to a shrine.

When they arrive, Akemi reveals that the muscle god is worshiped at the shrine.

Ayaka then explains the exercise of stair climbing.

When they reach the top, they find out that Machio’s family owns the shrine and he works as a priest during the holiday.

The next day, the girls are hanging out.

When they arrive at a park to do a street workout, Gina’s disappointed that it’s just an empty lot.

After Akemi sifts through her training manual, they decide to do an isometrics workout. Later, Gina proposes that they enter a hidden talent show.

At the talent show, Kutaro complains about how mediocre it is when the girls show up.

Satomi does a wrestler’s bridge while Ayaka sits on her.

To his surprise, Kutaro learns that the talent show was a ratings success thanks to the girls.

As he’s heading out, he runs into Jason. Jason hands him a flyer promoting a trip that being sponsored by the Silverman Gym.

Episode 12 “How Heavy Are the Barbells You Lift?”

At the Silverman Gym, Machio tells Hibiki and Akemi that the gym is organizing a trip to Nikunoshima for spring break.

He also reveals that excluding Jason, everyone will be going as well.

Hibiki and Akemi aren’t sure that they can make it until they find out about the Mr. Nikunoshima contest.

Meanwhile, it’s revealed that Jason and Kutaro has the gym under surveillance.

Arriving at Nikunoshima, the group is enjoying themselves.

Machio then arrives with a melon.

Deciding to have a melon bash, Machio explains the shrug exercise.

Afterwards, Hibiki, Akemi, Ayaka, and Gina enter the Miss Nikunoshima contest.

During the contest, Akemi does handstand push-ups.

While she’s doing this, Machio takes the time to explain push-ups.

When it’s Hibiki’s turn, she displays her punching power.

When it’s revealed that they’re tied in first place, they compete in a bench press battle, which Akemi wins.

Later, it’s revealed that Jason and Kutaro are stranded at sea.

At the beach, Hibiki and Akemi talk about how much they’ve grown thanks to their training.

Just then, they spot something heading their way.

Barnold meets with everyone and reveals that he rescued Jason and Kutaro.

Afterwards, Hibiki weighs herself. Once she sees the results, she leaves in a very happy mood.