Senior Fitness in Forest Hills

Exercise is important for all age groups, but particularly for adults 65 and over. We offer classes to help enhance the lives of our senior adult community members

As sad as we are to have to go without seeing our friends and families, our staff at both our Central Queens and Sam Field Center have been working hard to make sure that YOU can still see US!

We want to provide you with age-appropriate resources so that health and wellness can continue outside of our community-centers, with resources that we will be producing and posting daily.

We’re excited to feature exercises and activities with all of your favorite teachers, instructors and experts.

Stay tuned for future updates,  and make sure you’re following our Instagram and Facebook pages (Sam Field + Central Queens – with live streaming coming too!)

We’ll keep in touch, and if there’s anything you need please feel free to reach out to Rory at membership, the Health and Wellness team, and the Senior Center staff!

You can view all of the videos that we’ve posted so far here.

*Exercise, dance, and other health and wellness programs are potentially strenuous activities. It is required that you check with your physician prior to registering for the gym or any fitness, dance, or athletic program brought to you by Commonpoint Queens.

**We’d also like to advise our senior exercise members to note their surroundings before participating in our classes. We are working to provide age-appropriate classes, including Silver Sneakers classes, but ask for you to please use extreme caution, make sure that you are not having balance difficulties before being active, and that you have a stable ground below you if you are exercising.

Check out our schedule below, featuring new additions such as Silver Sneakers Classic, Line Dancing, Tai Chi, and Zumba Gold more!

Please click here for a mobile-friendly schedule layout.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Tai Chi – Virtual & at Sam Field
9:00 – 9:45 am
Aerobic Dance – Virtually & at Sam Field
9:15 – 10:00 am
Silver Sneakers Classic – Virtual
10:00 – 10:45 am
Balance – Virtual & at Sam Field
10:15 – 11:00 am
SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch – Virtual
10:00 – 10:45 am
Senior Line Dancing – Virtual & at Sam Field
SilverSneakers Senior Circuit – Virtual
1:00- 1:45 pm
Classic Aerobics – Virtual
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Senior Stretch – Virtual & at Sam Field
12:30- 1:15 pm
SilverSneakers Senior Aerobics – Virtual & at Sam Field
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Silver Sneakers Zumba Gold – Virtual & at Sam Field
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Balance – Virtual & at Sam Field
2:00 – 2:45 pm

**Schedule subject to change**


Exercise is important for all age groups, but particularly for adults 65 and over.

The National Institute of Health recommends four types of exercise:

  • Strength exercise to increase muscular strength and bone density.
  • Balance exercise to build leg muscles and sharpen neuromuscular response to help prevent falls.
  • Stretching exercise to give more freedom of movement encouraging increased activity.
  • Endurance exercise to increase heart rate and breathing for an extended period of time.

We are fortunate to be able to offer classes in all of these disciplines to help enhance the lives of our senior adult community members. All classes are given by top notch instructors and always with an awareness of your individual needs. Non-members of Commonpoint Queens are always welcome to join our classes, but pay just a little bit more. Prices for members and non-members are always very fair.

Additional individual endurance and strength training is available at our Central Queens Body Shop Fitness Room and our pool through the Health & Fitness Dept. (available to Central Queens members only).

Group exercise classes are listed below. For additional information at Central Queens, contact Shelly Channan, Director, at [email protected].

Currently Offered in a Virtual Format:

Exercise for Daily Living

Structured exercise for seniors designed to promote physical fitness.

*Please that Nora is currently offering this class virtually Tuesdays at 10am via Zoom

(Typically held at Central Queens Mon. 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.)

Tai Chi

New movements and exercises to expand your knowledge of this slow, graceful, Chinese martial art. This course features a short form of T’ai Chi for seniors, emphasizing good health, relaxation and balance.

*Please note that Elaine is currently offering a Senior Tai Chi class virtually Tuesdays at 9am via Zoom

(Typically held at Central Queens Mon. 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.)

Yoga in Motion

Yoga motion and breathing, with an emphasis on the continuous flow of motion, traditional Yoga positions and body awareness. Rotations, isolations, and orthopedic exercises are also featured to target and strengthen the muscles surrounding and supporting the spine.

*Please note that Karen is currently offering a SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch class virtually Wednesdays at 10am via Zoom

(Typically held at Central Queens Mon. 10:20-11:20 a.m.)

Chair Yoga

Class focuses on yoga postures, stretching and breathing exercises. Emphasis on relaxation and breath awareness to counteract stress, stiffness and physical limitations. No floor work.

*Please note that Jessica is currently offering a chair yoga class virtually Mondays at 11am via Zoom

Cardio Circuit

Non-impact standing class with alternative intervals designed to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance.

*Please note that we are currently offering a SilverSneakers Senior Circuit class virtually Fridays at 10:15am via Zoom


Typically Offered at Central Queens:

Dance Club

Love to dance? Join your friends and study dance technique in a relaxed setting with opportunity for improvisation and fun! This program is open to adults of all levels of experience (including beginners).

2 Thursdays per month
7:40 – 9:10 p.m.
FREE members with $20 annual insurance fee

Exercise and Dance

This class includes a variety of strengthening exercising using resistance bands, balls and weights. We also do a range of dancing that includes swing, cha-cha, salsa, free style, and much more. Join us for our warm, welcoming and fun-filled class!

Exercising with Light Weights

Add strength to your bones and maintain good posture, while preventing the onset of osteoporosis and improving your movement while working with weights. Most of the class exercises will be done while standing or chair assisted. Please wear sneakers and comfortable clothes.

Muscular Strength & Range of Movement (MS RoM)

Universal class designed to improve agility, balance, coordination and activities for daily living skills to increase participants’ functional capacities.

Sculpt, Strengthen & Tone

This intensive one hour class is half mat work and half standing with hand weights. It is designed to target those trouble spots: inner and outer thighs, buttocks, abdominals and upper arms. Join us and you will create the firm look you want and the strong muscles you need.

Stretch & Flex

Increase your range of motion and overall strength for activities of daily living. Strengthen your back, legs and core, relieve lower back stiffness, and release tight hamstrings. Floor work.

Balance Training

This class is designed to focus on improving dynamic balance while responding safely to posturally challenging ambulatory tasks, such as changing direction to walk forward or laterally; walking on a plank; turning; bending; stepping on and off curbs; stepping over obstacles; bouncing and catching a ball, and more.

Tues. 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Tues. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Israeli and International Folk Dance

Not just the Horah! Learn the steps of Israeli dancing, both traditional and modern, and learn some international folk dancing as well. It’s great exercise, too!

Wed. 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.


Both adults and senior adults with any type of arthritis can benefit from this enjoyable recreational water exercise program. Participants are led by trained personnel through a series of specially designed exercises that can provide some relief and improve joint flexibility. Beneficial for people who are overweight or suffering with back problems. For more information, contact Lior Harpaz, Aquatics Director, at [email protected]

Wed 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Fri 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.


For more information on these programs please contact Adam Ostroff, Senior Director of Health and Wellness, at 718-268-5011 ext. 505 or by email at [email protected]