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In Japan, You Can Lift Weights With Maids

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This is “Maid Gym.” It’s a weight training gym with, well, maids. Oh, if maids aren’t your thing, there are also beefy butlers. 

As pointed out by Nari Nari, Maid Gym opens in Tokyo on April 10.

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It was originally a crowdfunding project, which set out to raise 700,000 yen (US$6,256), but ending up doubling that, raking in 1,466,000 yen ($13,110). Below is the crowdfunding pitch video:

Maid Gym claims to be Japan’s “first maid gym.” I’ll take their word for it.

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Maid cafes really took off in Japan in the early 2000s, and now maid cafes are part of the country’s otaku subculture. 

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Around that time, there were also a few butler cafes, and with the recent limited-time only muscle cafes, beefy “butler” trainers seem like a welcome addition.

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The staff seem to be in excellent shape.

One session lasts fifty minutes and is priced at 7,500 yen (US$67), and registration is free until October. 

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.