Firm and toned upper arms can make the difference between a fit upper body and a flabby one. According to the American Council on Exercise, strength training defines, tones and improves muscular strength and endurance. For the best results, do resistance training on nonconsecutive days and perform high reps with limited rest between sets for a calorie-burning boost. If you are new to exercise or have a medical condition, consult a physician before beginning a new routine.
Although the fitness industry would have you believe that Pilates is a “new” craze, celebrities, dancers and athletes have been using Pilates to stay in shape for years. They discovered not only the aesthetic benefits of Pilates training, (long, lean, defined muscles), but the ability of Pilates to increase core and muscular connection. Core strength alone is attributed to the prevention of injury while performing or doing sports.