According to Pilates guru Brooke Siler, the "absolute requirement" to toned arms is "using more muscles simultaneously." Luckily, this is a given in any Pilates class, says Brooke. Beyond the classic Pilates exercises, Brooke suggests adding weights and Therabands to offer more resistance and see results faster. Keep this in mind as you're looking for the perfect Pilates workout for your needs.
If stepping up to the barre is more your speed, Laurie Alfano, director of education at Xtend Barre, offers one toning-specific tip that will maximize your workout: engage your core with every move. Laurie says simply performing the arm movements and going through the motions is not enough. When you "engage from your core and out [through] the limbs," it lengthens and sculpts the muscles more effectively with every rep. This will be a challenging change in the beginning, but the results will speak for themselves.