YOU will always be our Number 1 priority, so our team of experienced & enthusiastic Community Fitness Instructors will make sure you have an AMAZING experience every time you walk through our doors!
Meet Your Dedicated BV Instructor Team…
(All our instructors are fully insured and hold all of the relevant licences/qualifications)

Sally Hilton
Sally – Founder of Buena Vida & Community Fitness Instructor
Sally has worked in the fitness industry since 2007 and has danced since the age of 3. Having had a few bad experiences in the past attending fitness classes where she either felt intimidated and under pressure to keep up with everyone else or didn’t feel welcomed & included, and there were certain little cliques of regulars & instructors who ignored everyone else.
Sally realised there was a huge void missing for those who felt the same way that needed somewhere they could go where they felt included, welcomed and cared about. She left her job working in the gym and, in August 2011, launched Buena Vida Fitness in the Community with fun dance/fitness classes that were fully inclusive, affordable, enjoyable and accessible for everybody. Buena Vida has since grown into the amazing fitness family that we are today, with the most friendly, supportive & welcoming members and a fabulous team of caring, talented instructors.
Sally is a fully qualified, fully insured, Level 3 Fitness Instructor.
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS:
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for the ‘Contribution to Community Fitness’ Award
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for ‘Best Female Instructor of the Year’ Award
2016 (The Nottingham Post ‘Women in Business’ Awards)Finalist for ‘Sole Trader of the Year’ Award
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Sally’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2011-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Community Fitness Instructor
~ 2011-2016 (Gedling Borough Leisure)Zumba/Zumba Gold/Zumba Kids Instructor
~ 2013-2014 (Dance Divaz)Member of the Adult Dance Group
~ 1988-2014 (Gregory School of Dancing)Member of the Dance School
~ 2012-2013 (Young Positive Moves)Zumba Instructor & Asst. sports camp coach
~ 2007-2013 (Gedling Borough Leisure)GP exercise referral & Fitness Instructor
~ 2012 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Kids & Kids Jnr Instructor Licence
~ 2011 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Gold Instructor Licence
~ 2011 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Basic Steps 1 Instructor Licence
~ 2011 (Lifetime Training)CYQ Level 2 Group Circuit Training Award
~ 2010 (Pine Tree Camp, Florida)Camp Counsellor for children’s summer camp
~ 2008 (The Wright Foundation)GP Exercise Referral Qualification
~ 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy
~ 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 3 Personal Trainer Award
~ 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 2 Special Populations – Weight Management
~ 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
~ 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology
Jenny Hilton

Jenny – Community Fitness Instructor
Jenny has been a member of the BV Instructor Team since 2012, when she started by just covering the odd classes for Sally. Fast-forward to now and she regularly teaches multiple classes per week and absolutely LOVES teaching fitness classes in the community and being a part of the BV family. She has danced since the age of 3 and has had a keen interest in fitness since back in her college days. She has an AMAZING wiggle & brings her infectious energy to every class. She’ll have you whooping, smiling and having fun at every class you attend.
Jenny is a fully qualified, fully insured, Level 2 Fitness Instructor.
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS:
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for ‘Best Female Instructor of the Year’ Award
2016 (FitSteps Community Instructor Awards)Midlands Finalist for ‘Community Instructor of the Year’ Award
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Jenny’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2019 (Group X Training)Freestyle Fitness Yoga
~ 2019-present (JH Fitness)Community Fitness Instructor
~ 2012-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Community Fitness Instructor
~ 2019 Mental Health First Aid
~ 2019 (Beatz)PWR Beatz Instructor Licence
~ 2018 First Aid At Work
~ 2017 (Beatz)Beatz Instructor Licence
~ 2017 (Clubbercise)Clubbercise U18 Instructor Licence
~ 2016 (FitSteps)FitSteps FAB Instructor Licence
~ 2015 (Clubbercise)Clubbercise Instructor Licence
~ 2015 (Health & Fitness Education)YMCA Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Exercise To Music)
~ 2015 (Health & Fitness Education)YMCA Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology
~ 2014 (Fitsteps)FitSteps Instructor Licence
~ 2012 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Gold Instructor Licence
~ 2012 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Basic Steps 1 Instructor Licence
~ 2006-2007(Hartbury College)Studied towards a diploma in Sports Conditioning & Coaching
~ 2002-2006 (Trinity RC Comp)Assistant dance coach for an after-school group
~ 1990-2006 (Gregory School of dance)Member of the dance school
~ 2005 (Youth Sport Trust)‘Step into Sport’ Award
~ 2005 (Trinity RC Comp)A-Level in Physical Education
Chantelle Cliff

Chantelle – Community Fitness Instructor
We all call Chantelle the “Duracell Bunny” as she is always so full of energy and never without a big smile on her face. She has been working in the fitness industry since 2015, having worked for Buena Vida full-time for 4 years on a splt admin & instructor role. She’s now a full-time Fitness Instructor, teaching weekly classes as a member of our BV Instructor team, as well as covering various fitness classes througout Nottingham. She’s very passionate about dance & fitness, having danced since the age of 5, and she’s will guarantee to make you smile, laugh and glow by the end of every class you attend.
Chantelle is a fully qualified, fully insured, Level 2 Fitness Instructor.
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS:
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for ‘Best Female Instructor of the Year’ Award
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Chantelle’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2019 (Group X Training)Freestyle Fitness Yoga
~ 2019-present (CC Health & Fitness)Community Fitness Instructor
~ 2019 Emergency First Aid at Work
~ 2019-present (Various fitness facilities)Fitness Instructor
~ 2015-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Community Fitness Instructor
~ 2002-2018 (Dance Divaz)Member of the Senior Dance Group
~ 2018 (The Jungle Body)Jagua, Konga, Burn & Vypa Instructor Licences
~ 2017 (Beatz)Beatz Instructor Licence
~ 2017 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Kids & Kids Jnr Instructor Licences
~ 2017 (Clubbercise)Clubbercise U18 Instructor Licence
~ 2016 (Diverse Trainers)AIQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Exercise To Music)
~ 2016 (Diverse Trainers)AIQ Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology
~ 2016 (Pound Fitness)Pound Instructor Licence
~ 2016 (Clubbercise)Clubbercise Instructor Licence
~ 2015 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Gold Instructor Licence
~ 2015 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Basic Steps 1 Instructor Licence
~ 2014 (Redhill Academy)AS Level in Dance
~ 2012 (Big Dance Pledge)Took part in a dance that beat a Guinness World Record
~ 2012 (Sports Leaders)Sports Leadership Level 1 Award
Margaret Hilton

Margaret – Community Zumba Gold Instructor
At 70+ years old, Margaret is the most inspirational member of the BV team. Just 11 months after total hip-replacement surgery, she became a licensed Zumba Gold Instructor, as it was taking part in regular Zumba Gold classes, post-surgery, that helped her recover so quickly, compared to others who had had the same procedure.
She works for BV on a completely voluntary basis, and having covered several Zumba Gold classes for us since 2015, she now teaches both of our chair-based Zumba Gold classes on a weekly basis. She’s incredibly passionate about supporting the community, combating isolation/loneliness and inspiring more people to participate in physical activity, particularly those with physical limitations & learning difficulties etc, who struggle to access mainstream fitness classes/facilities. She loves having the opportunity to spend her retirement inspiring & helping others achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle, regardless of age, ability or circumstance.
Margaret is a fully insured, Licensed Zumba Gold Instructor.
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS:
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)WINNER of the ‘Unsung Hero’ Award
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Margaret’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2017-present (Sherwood Community Centre)Community Zumba Gold Instructor
~ 2015-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Community Zumba Gold Instructor
~ 2015 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Gold Instructor Licence
~ 2015 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Basic Steps 1 Instructor Licence
~ 1989-2013 (Gregory School Of Dancing)Member of the Adult Tap Group
~ 1989-2013 (Gregory School Of Dancing)Participated in two ‘World Record Attempt’ Tapathon events
Carla De-Padova

Carla – Community Fitness Instructor
Carla began her fitness career in 2017 working full-time for Buena Vida on a 12-month apprenticeship. She continued to work for us full-time for another 6 months after passing her apprenticeship, in a split admin & instructor role, before leaving her employment with us to pursue a full-time Fitness Instructor career. She still teaches weekly classes for us as a member of the BV Instructor team, as well covering a various classes throughout Nottingham . Carla is fun & bubbly with an infectious smile & energy.
You’re definitely guaranteed a good workout and great atmosphere when you attend one of Carla’s classes.

Carla is a fully qualified, fully insured, Level 2 Fitness Instructor.
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS:
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’ Award

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Carla’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2019-present (CC Health & Fitness)Community Fitness Instructor
~ 2019 Emergency First Aid at Work
~ 2019-present (Various fitness facilities)Fitness Instructor
~ 2015-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Community Fitness Instructor
~ 2018 (The Jungle Body)Konga, Jagua, Burn & Vypa Instructor Licences
~ 2018 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Gold Instructor Licence
~ 2018 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Basic Steps 1 Instructor Licence
~ 2018 (Beatz)Beatz Instructor Licence
~ 2018 (Clubbercise)Clubbercise Instructor Licence
~ 2017-2018 (The Nottingham College)Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Exercise To Music)
~ 2017-2018 (The Nottingham College)Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology
~ 2017-2018 (The Nottingham College)NVQ Level 2 Activity Leadership
~ 2015-2017 (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Member of Buena Vida fitness attending a variety of classes

Sarah Shepheard

Sarah – Community Fitness Instructor
Sarah is the newest member of our BV Instructor Team, starting her fitness career in 2018, but she began her fitness journey back in 2011 when she attended her first fitness class with us. It’s been amazing to watch Her confidence grow so much over the course of the years that she has attended our classes and, with the help of her fellow class members and the BV Instructor team, she did something she never thought she could do and plucked up the courage to become a FitSteps Instructor. She now teaches for us on a weekly basis and she’s a fabulous addition to the BV team. Sarah is a wonderful dancer with a strong dance background in Ballet & Tap. We couldn’t be more proud of her for what she’s achieved and we look forward to witnessing her fitness career blossom over the next few years.
Sarah is a fully qualified, fully insured Level 3 Fitness Instructor
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS:
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)was nominated for ‘Best Female Instructor of the Year’ Award
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Sarah’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2019 (Choreography To Go)Fitness Pilates Certification
~ 2019 (Health & Fitness Education)YMCA Level 3 Pre & Post Natal Exercise Instructor Award
~ 2019 (Health & Fitness Education)YMCA Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Exercise To Music)
~ 2019 (Health & Fitness Education)YMCA Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology
~2018-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Community Fitness Instructor
~2018 (FitSteps)FitSteps FAB Instructor Licence
~2018 (FitSteps)FitSteps Instructor Licence
~2012-present(Buena Vida & Fitness)Member of Buena Vida fitness attending a variety of classes
~ 2000-present (Gregory School Of Dancing)Member of the Adult Tap Group
~ 1989-2013 (Gregory School Of Dancing)Participated in a ‘World Record Attempt’ Tapathon event

 

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