Buff cosplayer/pro-wrestler Reika Saiki recently delighted her fans by sharing her workout videos and performing some badass clotheslines.
— つよし (@monsttuyo) May 8, 2019
The brawny 26-year-old, who started out as a mascot model for Japan’s pro wrestling league, has transformed herself into becoming Japan’s “muscle idol.”
— 筋肉アイドル才木玲佳ReikaSaiki (@saikireika) April 21, 2019
Saiki has also coined a new term for her striking appeal: mukikawa, which combines the Japanese words mukimuki (“buff”) and kawaii (“cute”).
— 筋肉アイドル才木玲佳ReikaSaiki (@saikireika) May 1, 2019
In her latest videos, Saiki showcased some of her fitness routines, including deadlifts, barbell curls, shoulder presses, and push-ups that combined some lower-body cable work.
— 筋肉アイドル才木玲佳ReikaSaiki (@saikireika) April 20, 2019
According to Soranews24, the specialized weightlifting equipment she uses in many of her workouts plays an important role in her career as a professional wrestler.
— 筋肉アイドル才木玲佳ReikaSaiki (@saikireika) May 7, 2019
Despite standing at just 4 feet, 11 inches, Saiki’s able to toss around opponents much larger than herself thanks to her toned physique.
Saiki’s slender build back in 2014, shown in her audition interview for Cheer♡1, illustrates how much she’s transformed in just a few years.
Saiki became an internet sensation last year after pulling off one of the greatest Chun-Li cosplays ever.
— 筋肉アイドル才木玲佳ReikaSaiki (@saikireika) April 21, 2018
She also does not shy away from more common cosplay attire, such as this maid costume which she totally rocked:
— 才木玲佳【公式情報】 (@saikireika_info) April 30, 2019
Featured image via Twitter/saikireika