Deep Core Strength

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Get ready to find strength in your body that you didn't know existed! Michael's unique approach towards the classical moves you already know will return a spark to your workout while revealing more about your own body. It's crazy hard work but he moves at a slow pace to allow you to absorb his tips for customizing your workout to get just what you need. A strap to anchor your feet is essential to this lesson - if you're working out at home with a yoga mat, use the bottom of a heavy piece of furniture to help you access strength deep in your core and find an important pelvic stretch. Filmed at Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates™, New York, NY.  

What Others Are Saying


  1. Silke 5 months ago

    Was such a fun doing this class and I feel tired and great now 😉

  2. Jennifer Allen

    This is the second time I’ve done this workout and I picked up so much more this time around. Definitely think it behooves the practitioner to repeat the workouts a few times to pick up all the details. Thank you so much!!

  3. SabrinaHorak 5 months ago

    Thank you Michael, very precise workout and with excellent cues to maximize the efficiency of the exercise. Thank you!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      Many thanks I hope your well


  4. letters123 5 months ago

    Wonderful!! Thank you ….loved your comments on “building your house” so true.

  5. PilatesDeb 5 months ago

    WOW!!! That was so tough but so amazing! Love, love , loved it!! I learned how much I have still to learn.. Thank you!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      We all have so much to learn as well. Thanks for watching and comments


  6. duggan33 5 months ago

    I have admired your work for sometime and this class was a great challenge!! I listened with my ears and my eyes to your cues and your hands on spotting!! Always love learning new nuances to all of the exercises and how they change the dynamic of the movement!! Many thanks!!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      I am so glad you can relate to my teaching


  7. Prafferty5
    Prafferty5 5 months ago

    Your tips never stopped ! Excellent 💜💪

  8. McLachlan 5 months ago

    Thank you Michael, That was hard and rewarding . Great cues pause play pause play 🙂

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      I watched it again and I agree hard but rewarding


  9. Pilates24
    Pilates24 5 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your LONG TIME commitment and study of this work. That was so thorough and complete. I SO appreciate all the reminders of Romana’s sayings. Fantastic!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      I have studied this work for 34 years now! That’s sounds old


  10. Pfplus 5 months ago

    Thank you!! Amazing class!! The cues are fabulous and what a challenge!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      @pfplus thanks for taking the challenge. 

  11. Lubugal 5 months ago

    Great cues and great class!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      @lubugal many thanks 

  12. Sheckie71 5 months ago

    YES! Awesome class. Loved the slow pace and spot on cueing 😁🤸‍♂️

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      @sheckie71thanks for watching 

  13. jjp17 5 months ago

    I loved this class! So many great cues, spots and reminders about the purpose of each exercise. I can’t wait to apply what I learned and was reminded of today to my clients. Thank you!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      @jjp17 I am happy to know you learned something and want to share it 

  14. Thank you, very challenging!

  15. CabralRenan 6 months ago

    Congratulations for the very valuable and accurate tips in a cheerful way!!!!!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      Thank you I appreciate the feedback


  16. Lucerobarry
    Lucerobarry 2 years ago

    Thank you! This would be great for week 1! Good cues!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 5 months ago

      Thanks for commenting sorry for the delay


  17. Susan_1961 2 years ago

    Powerful and fundamental! A great exercise in humility- thank you!!

  18. joesmat 3 years ago

    When are we going to have Michael Johnson back again teaching the MAT WORK!!!

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 3 years ago

      Thanks Colin for your concern and request. I have been taking an extended break


  19. joesmat 4 years ago

    It has been some seven months since we last had Mr Michael Johnson Instructing and demonstrating the Mat Practice .
    Being selfish, as a Mat Person myself (don’t have or can afford Apparatus) I would dearly like to see further Mat contributions
    from this accomplished Gentleman.
    Can I be so bold and suggest Mr Johnson considers putting together Mat exercises focusing on –

    The “Posterior Chain Group of Muscles”.

    The Hips – Getting freedom into the hips that is so important to help us accommodate all the flexion demanded in the Pilates Mat Practice.

    Seldom if ever dealt with – Push Up Series to build strength – a whole body effort required.

    I am the ever hopeful!

  20. Jenny Anticoli 4 years ago

    Thank you Michael. Love your clarity and reminders to really use the legs. I can feel the athleticism so much more with your cues.

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 4 years ago

      Great use your entire self


  21. Graceleuven 4 years ago

    TOTALLY share your thoughts !!!
    Using the legs, using the whole body, using everything you’ve got …
    Thnx for sharing, hope the “core” people get inspired ;))))

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 4 years ago

      Thanks for your observation! All my best to you !

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 4 years ago

      You have it. Share it with everyone


  22. 2redfrogs 4 years ago

    Good job Camillo!!

  23. Tracy Sue Du Plessis 4 years ago

    Love it. Your teaching really connects to the way I was trained. Really enjoy your teaching. Thank you for all your cues, analogies and linking of the poses!!!
    Again Thank you!!!!!

  24. Brasfit.Cologne
    Brasfit.Cologne 4 years ago

    You´re back!!!! Wonderfull class… Awsome explanations, cues, tactile…. Thanks for sharing… I liked very much!!! One of my favorite class!
    Waiting already for the up coming classes….

  25. hadrianus

    I enjoyed your class very much and appreciate your excellent explanation and cues for each exercise helping the viewer/practicioner to understand the exercise and its goal. I learned a lot today.
    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and I hope you will be making more videos.

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 4 years ago

      I am happy you enjoyed my class

  26. Andrea
    Andrea 4 years ago

    This was excellent cuing! Thanks a bunch! One of the many things I will take away from this class:’I don’t do the advanced work so often, it is the basics that make you strong …’

    • Michael Johnson Author
      Michael Johnson 4 years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to reply

  27. mirandabass 4 years ago

    Thank you! So great to challenge the body as an advanced teacher yet remain within the original method. I shall come back!

  28. blspilates 4 years ago

    What a super class!!!

  29. jamieleejanzen 4 years ago

    What a wonderful class. Thank you Mr. Johnson. Your unique explanations are much appreciated, you helped me feel the exercises in a way I have never felt before. Thank you!!!!!!

  30. Jennifer Allen

    Fabulous! Thank you!!

  31. joelcrosby

    Brilliant break down of the exercises. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  32. pilates 4 years ago

    Great stuff! Challenging but enjoyable in that “Pilates enjoyable” way.

  33. pilatesgal50 4 years ago

    Your ears must have been burning because I was just thinking how much I missed seeing Michael on Pilatesology. So happy when I checked in today and saw he was back and true to form. Keep it coming!

  34. Mary
    Mary 4 years ago

    Agree that it is great to have Micheal Johnson back on Pilatesology. His insights are appreciated….more, please!

    • Martin 4 years ago

      Mary, your work looked great in this video!

  35. Michael Johnson Author
    Michael Johnson 4 years ago

    Thanks Joesmat really appreciate your observations. Take care. MJ

  36. joesmat 4 years ago

    Absolutely delighted to see Mr Johnson back teaching and demonstrating the Mat Practice.
    After following this class on my mat at home, it goes without saying, that this Gentleman has a special understanding of how these exercises work in the body, as he so clearly articulated with his personal interpretation of the mat work, and indeed as mentioned in the introduction, he is “unique” with his explanations gained over some 34 years of Teaching.
    This is a treasure of the mat practice. (In my humble opinion as a Home Practitioner)
    Come back soon.

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