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 - Instructor & Founder
SALLY – Community Fitness Instructor & Founder of Buena Vida
Sally has worked in the fitness industry since 2007 and has a dance background dating back to 1988. Having had a few bad experiences in the past, attending fitness classes, where she either felt intimidated, excluded or under pressure to keep up with everyone else, she wanted to provide somewhere where people felt welcomed and cared about, where they can go at their own pace and not feel judged or excluded.
So, in August 2011, Sally launched Buena Vida Fitness in Nottingham with fun, fully inclusive fitness classes that were affordable & accessible to everyone.
Sally is a fully qualified, fully insured, Level 3 Fitness Instructor.
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS... (click to expand)

Sally’s local & national awards:
2023 (The ‘Pride Of Gedling’ Awards)Runner up for ‘Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles’ Award
2023 (‘This Girl Can’ Nottingham Awards)Nominated for the ‘Group Fitness Instructor’ Award
2023 (‘This Girl Can’ Nottingham Awards)Nominated for the ‘Physical Activity Group’ Award
2021 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for ‘Community Fitness Team/Group’ Award
2021 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Nominated for the ‘Inclusive’ Award
2021 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Nominated for the ‘Social Inclusion’ Award
2021 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Nominated for ‘Instructor of the Year – Midlands’
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for the ‘Contribution to Community Fitness’ Award
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for ‘Female Instructor of the Year’ Award
2016 (The Nottingham ‘Women in Business’ Awards)Finalist for ‘Sole Trader of the Year’ Award
QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE... (click to expand)

Sally’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2011-presentCommunity Fitness Instructor
~ 2020-present (FitSteps)Working towards the FitSteps & FAB Instructor Licence
~ 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
~ Feb 2012 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Kids & Kids Jnr Instructor Licence
~ August 2011 (Lifetime Training)CYQ Level 2 Group Circuit Training Award
~ July 2011 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Gold Instructor Licence
~ May 2011 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Basic Steps 1 Instructor Licence
~ April 2008 (The Wright Foundation)GP Exercise Referral Qualification
~ Feb-May 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy
~ Feb-May 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 3 Personal Trainer Award
~ Feb-May 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 2 Special Populations – Weight Management
~ Feb-May 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
~ Feb-May 2007 (Premier Training Int.)AIQ Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology

Sarah - Instructor
SARAH – Community Fitness Instructor
Sarah began her fitness journey back in 2011 when she first attended one our classes. She has regularly attended multiple BV classes since then and in 2018, after a lot of encouragement from the BV team and her fellow class members, she took the leap of faith and trained to teach FitSteps. She now teaches a wide variety of classes for us and it’s been amazing to watch her talents develop and her confidence grow. Sarah has a very strong dance background and is a big fan of Strictly Come Dancing.
Sarah is a fully qualified, fully insured Level 3 Fitness Instructor
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS... (click to expand)

Sarah’s local & national awards:
2021 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Nominated for ‘Instructor of the Year – Midlands’
2020 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Nominated for ‘Instructor of the Year – Midlands’
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Nominated for ‘Female Instructor of the Year’
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Sarah’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2018-presentCommunity Fitness Instructor
~ August 2023 (Choreography To Go/Rachel Holmes)FLEX Certification
~ Feb 2022 (Clubbercise ltd)Clubbercise Instructor Licence
~ Jan 2021 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Instructor Licence
~ Sept 2020 (Broadway Boogie)Broadway Boogie Licence
~ June-Aug 2020 (Choreography To Go/Rachel Holmes)‘Fitness Pilates for Orthopaedic Conditions’ Certification
~ June 2020 (FitSteps)FitSteps Tone Licence
~ May 2020 (Choreography To Go/Rachel Holmes)‘Fitness Pilates for Older Adults & Seated Seniors’ Certification
~ April 2020 (GXT)Barre Fitness Certification
~ Dec 2019 (Choreography To Go/Rachel Holmes)Fitness Pilates Certification
~ Aug-Nov 2019 (Health & Fitness Education)YMCA Level 3 Pre & Post Natal Exercise Instructor Award
~ Aug-Nov 2019 (Health & Fitness Education)YMCA Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Exercise To Music)
~ Aug-Nov 2019 (Health & Fitness Education)YMCA Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology
~2018 (FitSteps)FitSteps FAB Instructor Licence
~2018 (FitSteps)FitSteps Instructor Licence
~2012-2021(Buena Vida & Fitness)Member of Buena Vida fitness attending a variety of classes
~ 2000-present (Gregory School Of Dancing)Member of the Adult Tap & Ballet Groups

“>Margaret - Instructor
MARGARET – Community Fitness Instructor
At 70+ years old, Margaret is our most inspirational instructor. In 2015, just 11 months after hip-replacement surgery, she became a licensed Zumba Gold Instructor after recovering so much quicker than most from the hip procedure, as a result of regularly attending Zumba Gold classes.
She teaches on a completely voluntary basis with an incredible passion for supporting the community, combating isolation/loneliness and inspiring more people to take part in and enjoy the benefits of regular physical activity, regardless of age or ability, particularly older adults, those with physical limitations, learning difficulties, and those that struggle to access mainstream fitness classes.
Margaret is a fully qualified, fully insured Level 2 Fitness Instructor.
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS... (click to expand)

Margaret’s local & national awards:
2023 (‘This Girl Can’ Nottingham Awards)Runner Up for the ‘Volunteer 2023’ Award
2021 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for the ‘Social Inclusion’ Award
2021 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Nominated for the ‘Instructor of the year – Midlands’ Award
2020 (The ‘Pride Of Gedling’ Awards)Finalist for the ‘inspiring healthy lifestyles’ Award
2020 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for the ‘Social Inclusion’ Award
2019 (The National Community Fitness Awards)WINNER of the ‘Unsung Hero’ Award
QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE... (click to expand)

Margaret’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2015-presentCommunity Fitness Instructor
~ 2011-present (Buena Vida Fitness)Member of Buena Vida fitness attending a variety of classes
~ 2020-2022 (Community Fitness Network)Level 2 Dance Fitness Qualification
~ 2020-2022 (Community Fitness Network)Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology
~ Feb 2021 (Community Fitness Network)Chair-based Instructor Training
~ 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
~ (Gregory School Of Dancing)Participated in two ‘World Record Attempt’ Tapathon events

Julia - Online Instructor
JULIA – Online Fitness Instructor
Julia entered the group fitness world when she joined her local fitness studio, after taking up running and regularly attending park-runs in her early thirties. She was previously a Primary School teacher but left to focus on her family and soon found herself in a new type of instructing/teaching role as a fitness instructor where she realised her true passions lay. She completed her Level 2 fitness training in 2018, along with a raft of other training, and has never looked back since. Her classes are always full of energy, laughter & singing and her passion for fitness really shines through in every class.
Julia is a fully qualified, fully insured Level 2 Fitness Instructor
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS... (click to expand)

Julia’s local & national awards:
2021 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Nominated for ‘Instructor of the Year – Midlands’
QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE... (click to expand)

Julia’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~2018-presentCommunity Fitness Instructor
~ February 2021 (The Jungle Body)Konga & Burn Instructor Licences
~ November 2019 (Purestretch ltd)Purestretch Instructor Licence
~ June 2020 (Focus Awards)Level 3 Certificate in Teaching Yoga to Children Aged 5-16 years (RQF)
~ January 2020 (Focus Awards)Level 2 Instructing Children 5-16 years
~ November 2019 (AMF Fitness ltd)Ravetone Instructor Licence
~ February 2019 (Beatz Fitness ltd)PWR Beatz Instructor Licence
~ January 2019 (Rockbox Fitness ltd)Rockbox Instructor Licence
~ November 2018 (Active IQ)Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Exercise To Music)
~ November 2018 (Active IQ)Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology
~ July 2018 (Fitness 4×4 ltd)Hour Of Power Instructor Licence
~ April 2018 (Boogie bounce Extreme ltd)Boogie Bounce Kidz Instructor Licence
~ February 2018 (Pound)Pound Instructor Licence
~ February 2018 (Beatz Fitness ltd)Beatz Instructor Licence
~ January 2018 (Boogie bounce Extreme ltd)Boogie Bounce Instructor Licence
~ 2018-present – Instructing various fitness sessions to children from age 7-11yrs=
~2017-present (Various Schools)Attended a variety of classes
~ 2011-2018 Qualified Primary School Teacher

Julie - Online Instructor
JULIE – Online Fitness Instructor
Julie has been in the fitness industry for around 10 years, after a career change from lawyer to fitness instructor! She initially found her love for fitness whilst attending Zumba classes after having 3 children, which inspired her to train as a Zumba instructor. She followed that with a Level 2 fitness qualification and, at that point, decided not to return to her legal job. Julie pursued a new full-time fitness career instead and loves nothing more than teaching classes and creating online content.
When she isn’t teaching, she is out and about with her two beagles, watching her daughter play football and is just about to start a new hobby of body boarding.
Julie is a fully qualified, fully insured Level 3 Fitness Instructor
LOCAL & NATIONAL AWARDS... (click to expand)

Julie’s local & national awards:
2022 (‘Muddy Stiletto’ Awards)WINNER of ‘Best Fitness Instructor – Gloucestershire & Worcestershire’
2021 (Beatz Fitness)WINNER of ‘Instructor of the Year’
2021 (The National Community Fitness Awards)Finalist for ‘Instructor of the Year – Midlands’ Award
2014 (‘What’s On For Me’ Awards)Finalist for ‘Best Sports, Health or Fitness Group’
2013 (Spa Enterprise Business Awards)Runner Up for ‘New Business Excellence’ Award
2013 (Hour Of Power)WINNER of Hour of Power’s ‘Class of the Month’
QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE... (click to expand)
Julie’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2018-presentCommunity Fitness Instructor
~ November 2020 (MegaMix Fit)Megamix Fit Instructor Licence
~ August 2020 (Choreography To Go/Rachel Holmes)‘Fitness Pilates for Orthopaedic Conditions’ Certification
~ January 2020 (Ree-Training Solutions)Ree-Combat Instructor Licence
~ September 2019 (Ree-Training Solutions)Ree-Pump Instructor Licence
~ February 2019 (Beatz Fitness)PWR Beatz Instructor Licence
~ September 2018 Yoga instructor Qualification
~ August 2017 (Beatz Fitness)Beatz Instructor Licence
~ July 2017 (YMCA AwardsLevel 3 Pre & Post Natal Exercise Instructor Award
~ March 2017 Fully Qualified Pilates Instructor
~ November 2016 (Pound Fitness)Pound Instructor Licence
~ March 2016 (FitCamps)Trigger Point Pilates Instructor Training
~ April 2015Level 2 Qualification in Children’s Fitness
~ December 2014 (Choreography To Go/Rachel Holmes)Fitness Pilates Certification
~ November 2014 (Skills Active)Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Personal Training
~ April 2014 (Piloxing)Piloxing Instructor Licence
~ April 2014Bootcamp Instructor Training
~ November 2014CYQ Level 3 Personal Trainer Award
~ March 2014CYQ Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology
~ November 2013 (Fitness FX)Certification in Teaching Blast FX
~ August 2013 Boxercise Instructor Licence
~ July 2013 (Fitness FX)Certification in Teaching Pump FX
~ May 2013 (Fitness 4×4 ltd)Hour Of Power Instructor Licence
~ April 2013 (Kettlercise)Kettlercise Instructor Licence
~February 2013 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Core Instructor CPD
~ November 2012CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym Instructor)
~ 2012 (Metafit)Metafit Instructor Licence
~ July 2011 – August 2012CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Exercise To Music)
~ July 2011 – March 2012CYQ Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology
~April 2011 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Instructor Licence

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