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March 31, 2008 at 5:17 am 5 comments

Spring Cleaning—Stretch Your Wings

One of Forest Hills’ best-kept secrets is the Pilates instructor at the Central Queens Y, Robin Budnetz. I really don’t understand why the Y doesn’t do a better job of advertising its greatest assets, of which Robin is one of just a few. She actually trained with Joseph Pilates himself, and when you’re in one of Robin’s classes, be it Pilates, stretching, yoga, or dance-movement, you definitely feel like you’re in the hands of a master. No matter what your age or what shape you’re in.

Her classes cycle between gentle and intense, and movements feel intuitive not merely within themselves but also within the progression of the class. A long time ago I used to dance, and in all my years of dabbling in and observing other workout forms, Pilates—and specifically, the way Robin leads it—is the one organized exercise venue that makes sense to me. I’m not alone in this assessment, as whenever I show up for a class (and I admit to being routinely hamstrung in this regard by the demands of parenting and work), I’m happy to spot faces I’ve seen in her classes for several years.

Unfortunately, the Y has yet to make its abysmal Web site a tool users can actually use, but trust me, bypass this sign of organizational dysfunction and go straight to Robin. A series of classes just started; if there’s room, you might be able to get in at a prorated price.

Central Queens Y
67-09 108 Street
718-268-5011, fitness department


Entry filed under: Forest Hills, health, local notable.

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  • 1. Kay  |  March 31, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Spencer Baker of Spencer Pilates is fantastic. He has all the Pilates equipment and the teachers who work with him are also terrific. Check him out for a great pilates workout. (in addition to the above of course!)

  • 2. karbeth  |  March 31, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for the recommendation. Very good to know about another Pilates option in the neighborhood, and this one does indeed look very good.

  • 3. SL  |  March 31, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Also can’t say enough good things about the pre-school at the CQY. A happy place.

  • 4. karbeth  |  March 31, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    CQY nursery is another bright spot there. The director has a Bank Street background, and you can hear it, sense it, from how he talks.

  • 5. Jane  |  July 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    How could Robin Budnetz have trained with J. Pilates if she was only 10 years old when he died???


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