Workout for Wotas: Combining Idol Concerts and Exercise

I tend to be a pretty health conscious person, one who tries to work out regularly.

But sometimes it just gets so boring.

I’ve luckily worked myself into enough of a habit to where I feel antsy if I don’t go to the gym, but there are also days where I just don’t want to leave the house too. On one of those days, I decided to stay home and pop in a concert to relax with. A few songs in, that “why are you sitting and doing nothing” feeling was coming up again, so I came up with an idea to satisfy both the gym rat and the introvert in me.

A workout routine specifically for concert viewing at home.

So to the wota who wants to get into shape, but going to the gym is too boring, too expensive. Or to the wota who has some concerts in Japan planned, but isn’t sure if they can keep up with the idols or wotas around them.

This might be for you.

What you’ll need: 

  1. A computer or TV to watch a concert
  2. Enough space in front of that TV or computer to exercise
  3. Kingblades and/or dumbbells
    1. Beginner mode: follow along to the choreography with kingblades in hand, like you would in a real concert.
    2. Intermediate mode: follow along with 1-3lb dumbbells in hand.
    3. Advanced mode: follow along with 5+lb dumbbells in hand.

Now some of you may be thinking that those weights sound light, but remember that you’re trying to go for endurance and do this for the entire concert. That’s roughly around 2 hours.

Notes before starting:

  • Concert furicopy – When wota follow along with the upper body choreography that wouldn’t result in them hitting the people around them. At a concert, you’d have your eyes trained on your oshi to follow their movements, but due to camera changes for DVD, you can just mimic whoever’s on screen. It helps to know the general gist of the choreography to start with though.
  • I’ve linked to exercises that allow you to still look at the TV while you exercise.
  • Try to look through the linked exercises and get an idea of how to do them before you start. That way, you won’t have to keep pausing to refer back to the guides.
  • The example songs I’ve listed in each section are Morning Musume songs because that’s what I watch when I do this. Of course you can do it to other groups and their songs.
  • Many songs fall into multiple types that I list below. Sometimes they’ll be faster, sometimes they’ll slow down. Just adjust workouts accordingly.
  • Whether something is furicopy-able or not is up to you. If you can’t follow the dance, do the exercises. If you can follow the dance, then by all means, please do.
  • The goal is to make it through the entire concert, but if you’re exhausted, then listen to your body and stop. You can work on building that endurance next time.

Let’s begin.


People do it before concerts. And this is practically the same, so to avoid injury, make sure you’re warmed up.

Furicopy-able songs/Arm pump-y songs

Follow the arm movements. These songs should be ones that are relatively simple to remember and mimic. In the arm pump-y songs, the members will cue for the crowd to pump their arms, so just follow accordingly.

Example songs:

Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!
Morning Musume – Sou da! We’re ALIVE
Morning Musume – Renai Hunter (the furicopy and jumps in the chorus are especially satisfying)

Medium paced songs/Non-furicopy-able songs

So you’re still standing, but the choreography is either too hard to follow or it’s just a song where you don’t really do furicopy.

Since the beat is still fast enough to keep your adrenaline up, let’s do arm exercises.

Recommended exercises:

Make sure to control your movements to prevent injury.

Example songs:

Morning Musume – Help Me!!
Morning Musume – SONGS
Morning Musume – Egao YES Nude

High paced jump-y songs

First things first, watch this.

Seriously, it’s important to know how to jump right. Both for these exercises and for concerts. (And whenever else you need to jump in life)

Jump! Keep jumping! But make sure to land on the ball of your foot like the guy says. Also, try to stay in place and keep your endurance. Don’t do crazy jumps or weird stuff that’ll break furniture or yourself.

If you can’t jump for whatever reason, then try to run in place, preferably keeping your knees high.

Songs like:

Morning Musume -HOW DO YOU LIKE JAPAN? ~Nihon wa Donna Kanji Dekka?~
Morning Musume – Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai! (The entire Sayu/Reina part at the beginning is constant jumping)
Morning Musume – Dokka~n Capriccio

Slow songs

This is where you take the time to do some core exercises.

Recommended exercises:

You can also work in some leg exercises here, if you want to. But since I find the jumping to be enough, I don’t do these often.

Recommended exercises:


This is your chance to take a break and get a drink of water and some rest.

You can also stretch some more here, if you want.

Although the goal is to be able to do this for the entire ~2 hour concert, just try to follow along for as long as you can. I’d say to try for at least half of it if you’re a beginner. Then you can work your way up to get through the whole thing.

When you become accustomed to the workouts, you can start finding new exercises to change things up.

What’s most important though, is to get into the concert and have fun! That’s what makes it so much more bearable than normal workouts after all.

Oh yeah.

My personal favorite concert for this?

Morning Musume’s 2017 Spring Tour, The INSPIRATION! In so many years of going to concerts, this is hands down the most aggressive setlist of all. My calves were super sore from all the jumping, but it’s also insanely fun.

You should get it. 😉



About Sherrily 34 Articles
Designer by day, wota by blood. Sherrily tries to stay objective and rational about idols. Except during Hello!Pro concerts, where it’s just impossible to stay calm. Likes to keep things tasteful.


  1. You are in the right direction.

    Please checkout UPUPGIRLS(仮), UUG for short.
    They have been promoting this to their fans since 2013.

    UUG define themselves as athelitic idols. Back in 2015, they were doing 2 hour non-stop concerts, i.e. no breaks, no MCs, just music all the way. This is to encourage their family ( that is what they call the fans ) to be in shape.

    They have a t-shirt that says EAT WEIGHT RAVE REPEAT on the back. A t-shirt collaboration with a fitness label rvvdw ( ) from Japan.

    • They totally slipped my mind, but you’re right. UUG is definitely a group well suited for this!

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