Meet Your Dedicated Buena Vida Team…

At Buena Vida YOU will always be our number 1 priority.
We work hard to make all our classes as fun as possible whilst still getting you great results. We take the time to get to know you and we always try to remember everyone’s name.

Your dedicated team of experienced and enthusiastic Instructors are will make sure you have an AMAZING experience every time you walk through our doors!

(All our instructors are fully insured and hold all of the relevant licences/qualifications)

Here are your BV heroes that make it all happen!
 
Sally HiltonSally – Founder of Buena Vida & Fitness Instructor
Sally has worked in the health & fitness industry for over 11 years and has danced since the age of 3. Having had bad experiences in the past attending fitness classes, where she felt intimidated and under pressure to keep up with everyone else or where there were little cliques that weren’t so welcoming or friendly to others in the class or the instructor would interact with certain class members but ignore the rest, Sally wanted to provide classes with a strong sense of community & belonging, where everyone felt equally valued & important. She founded Buena Vida Health & Fitness in August 2011 to provide a variety of fun fitness classes that were open to all and that equally valued and welcomed everyone. Buena Vida has continued to grow since and has a team of talented instructors and a large community of friendly, supportive members.
Sally is a fully qualified Level 3 Fitness Instructor.

Sally’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2011-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Dance/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
Sally's Qualifications/Experience...
 
 
Chantelle CliffChantelle – Fitness Instructor
Chantelle is our resident “Duracell Bunny”. This girl is always full of energy and never without a big smile on her face. She has over 4 years’ experience in the fitness industry and has danced since she was 5 years old. She’s will guarantee to make you smile & sweat at every class.
Chantelle is a fully qualified Level 2 Fitness Instructor.

 
Chantelle’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2015-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Dance/Fitness Instructor
~ 2002-2018 (Dance Divaz)Member of the Senior dance group
~ 2018 (The Jungle Body)Jagua, Konga, Burn & Vypa Licences
~ 2017 (Beatz)Beatz Instructor Licence
~ 2017 (Zumba Fitness LLC)Zumba Kids & Kids Jnr Instructor Licence
~ 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 Guiness World Record
~ 2012 (Sports Leaders)Sports Leadership Level 1 Award
Chantelle's Qualifications/Experience..
 
Carla De-Padova
Carla – Fitness Instructor
Carla officially joined the BV Instructor team in 2018, after completing a 12-month apprenticeship with us, which she passed with flying colours. She now teaches a variety of classes for Buena Vida. 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 Level 2 Fitness Instructor.
Carla’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2017-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Dance/Fitness Instructor
~ 2018 (The Jungle Body)Konga, Jagua, Burn & Vypa 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
Carla's Qualifications/Experience...

 
Jenny Hilton
Jenny – Fitness Instructor
Jenny has been a member of the BV Instructor Team since 2012. She has danced since the age of 3 and has had a keen interest in fitness since her college days. She has an AMAZING wiggle & brings her infectious energy to every class. She’ll have you whooping, smiling had having fun at every class you attend.
Jenny is a fully qualified Level 2 Fitness Instructor.
Jenny’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2012-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)Dance/Fitness Instructor
~ 2019 (Beatz)PWR Beatz Instructor Licence
~ 2017 (Beatz)Beatz Instructor Licence
~ 2017 (Clubbercise)Clubbercise U18 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 – Studied at university 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 Performing Arts & Drama
~ 2005 (Trinity RC Comp)A-Level in Physical Education
Jenny's Qualifications/Experience...

 
 
 
 
Margaret HiltonMargaret – Zumba Gold Instructor & Admin Assistant
At over 70 years old, Margaret is our most inspirational member of the BV team. Just 11 months after she had surgery for a hip replacement, she qualified as a Zumba Gold Instructor and she currently teaches our chair-based Zumba Gold classes.
She strongly believes it was taking gentle Zumba Gold classes weekly that helped her recover so quickly so now she wants to be able to inspire and help you to achieve your healthier lifestyle, no matter what your abilities or circumstances.
Margaret’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~ 2015-present (Buena Vida & Fitness)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 2 ‘World Record Attempt’ Tapathon events
Margaret's Qualifications/Experience...  
 
 
Sarah ShepheardSarah – FitSteps Instructor
Sarah is the newest member of our BV Instructor Team, having recently passed her FitSteps training with flying colours (she got the highest grading possible). She has been attending our classes for over 7 years as a member but, as her confidence has grown with the help of her fellow class members, she recently plucked up the courage and made the decision to train to teach FitSteps, mentored by our resident FitSteps instructor, Jenny. Sarah is a wonderful dancer with a dance background in Ballet & Tap. She is a great addition to the BV team as our newest FitSteps instructor.
 
Sarah’s Qualifications, Training & Experience:
~2018-present (Buena Vida Health & Fitness)FitSteps Instructor
~2018 (FitSteps)FitSteps Instructor Licence
~2012-present(Buena Vida & Fitness)Member of Buena Vida fitness attending a variety of classes
~ 2018(FitSteps)FitSteps Instructor Licence
~ 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
Sarah's Qualifications/Experience...

 
 
 
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Margaret
Sally
Dawn
Portia

 
 
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