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he Met Gala at the the Metropolitan Museum of Art is taking place in a few weeks. The Theme this year is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” The upcoming exhibition will focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion.

On Monday May 2nd, we’ll see celebrities and guests walking the red carpet with amazing outfits, and no matter if the inspiration of their dresses comes from haute couture or prêt-à-porter, all attendees will be focusing on looking great and at their best in those outfits for a night!

The whole body is important but usually, when we talk red carpet, the arms are the point that women focus on the most, as they get closer to the event. So for this week allow me to move away from the feet and talk about arms and upper body.

Toned arms are important to women. Our evening dresses are often sleeveless and to look good you want not only toned triceps but also nicely toned shoulders and back.

If I’m in a Pilates studio the arm chair or arm springs are great choices to tone my red carpet clients. The springs have an increasingly higher resistance that allow the muscles to work all points of action from the very start to the maximum extension without getting bulky, which is what many women are afraid of when working on their arms.

 

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While all muscles in the arm have their shaping importance, I prioritize the triceps. They are usually used the least in our everyday routines. I’ll focus as well on the shoulders and back. The arms are connected to the back by many muscles like the inter-scapulae and lats, so by properly toning them you can achieve a healthy and toned look to your back, perfect for backless dresses as well.

However, what really makes a difference for the gala event and beyond is putting this all together. When you work to improve your posture, and pilates is great for that, you will exponentially increase the results. Better posture will act like a magnifying glass. You will stand taller, shoulders will look and be more relaxed, chest open, stomach lifted and flat…you will look better and radiate more confidence.

The way we carry ourselves tells people about us. Men and women in all professions can benefit from this work and have an amazing return on their investment in training.