Beauty in summer Vol.6: 5 Reasons Why Dark Fitness is Popular in Japan

夏に向けてビューティー特集 Vol.6:日本で暗闇フィットネスが流行っている5つの理由

Dark fitness is a gym which attracting the attention in Japan television and magazine since 2017, which allow one to experience the latest fitness. It started from the United States, and is officially called as "glow-in-the-dark workout (exercise)" or "a dark exercise class". It is a new style of exercise which yoga, motorcycle, boxing, trampoline, etc. are done in dark indoor environment with the special lighting and music. 

Why is “dark”? And why is it popular? Let us introduce the main reason why dark fitness is popular.


Reason 1: You can concentrate in doing exercise

For example, when doing exercise such as yoga, dance, boxercise, etc, you might comparing your own movement with surrounding which cause you cannot concentrate on your exercise. However if you are doing the exercise in dark, you do not need to care about your surrounding and therefore can concentrate. 


Reason 2: You can adjust your pace freely

Since you are in the dark and cannot be seen by the surroundings, therefore even you slow down or take a break, it will not bring any effect to the surrounding atmosphere. Even for beginners who are worried himself could not keep up with others, they can join the exercise without stress. 


Reason 3: Try to feel the different space and release stress effectively

Have you ever experience to release your stress by spending time in a different space such as concert venue or live house with powerful music and dim lighting? You can get the same effect by using the dark fitness. You just have to do your exercise as usual in the dark fitness room. You could feel the environment as you are clubbing, which could help you to release stress effectively. 


Reason 4: Dark fitness time is matched with busy modern people

Time for a course for fitness is usually 45 minutes to 60 minutes for every facility. The location is usually near to the station and the lesson which available for reservation is from 7 o'clock in the morning to 10 o'clock in the evening, and online reservation is available. The shower room is clean and numerous, so after your exercise, customer can take a shower, change their clothes and straight go to work. 


Reason 5: Fun than anything!

Dark fitness is highly entertaining, therefore customer will feel fun to go to gym rather than going to the gym to exercise or to train the body. It's fun and therefore customer can do gym continuously, it is also one of the reason it became popular. 

The gym where dark fitness is available!


  • Location: Roppongi, Ginza, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Omotesando, etc.
  • Business hours:
    • Weekdays: 7:00-23:00
    • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00-19:30
  • Fixed Holiday: Friday
  • Fee:
    • Admission fee + member registration fee + member card issuance fee: 11,000 yen (Tax excluded)
    • Monthly member fee: 12,900-18,000 yen (tax excluded) (price may varies depending on studio)

b-monster (Boxing, Fitness)

  • Location: Ginza, Shinjuku, Aoyama, Ebisu
  • Business hours:
    • Weekdays: Open 24 hours (may vary depending on the store)
    • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 7:00-23:00
  • Fixed holiday: No fixed holiday
  • Fee:  
    • Admission fee: 15,000 yen (Tax excluded) 
    • Full time member: 20,000 yen (Tax excluded)

JUMP ONE (Japan first Dark Trampoline Fitness studio)

  • Location: Ginza, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Akihabara
  • business hours:
    • Weekday: 6:30-22:30
    • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9:15-19:00
  • Fixed Holiday: Every Wednesday
  • Fee
    • Admission fee + member registration fee + member issuance fee: 10,000 yen (Tax excluded)
    • Monthly membership: 14,800 yen (Tax excluded)


  • Location: Shibuya
  • business hours:
    • Weekday:9:00-21:00
    • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10:00-19:00
    • Fixed holiday: No Fixed holiday
  • Fee:
    • Admission fee: 10,000 yen (Tax excluded)
    • 1 time: 3,500 yen (Tax excluded)
    • 3 times: 9,000 yen (Tax excluded)
    • 5 times: 16,000 yen (Tax excluded)
    • 10 times: 30,000 yen (Tax excluded)

RIZAP Produce Dark Functional Training VIVANA

  • Location: Ikebukuro
  • Business hours: 10:00-23:00
  • Fixed Holiday: Every Friday
  • Fee:
    • Admission fee: 10,000 yen (Tax excluded)
    • Full time membership: 15,555 yen (Tax excluded)
    • Daytime membership: 12,222 yen (Tax excluded)

How did you feel with the dark fitness introduced above? Please share with us about the latest fitness trend in your country too!


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