Jenny Hilton

Owner, Founder and Instructor
Brief info

My name is Jenny and I’m the instructor and owner of JH Fitness. I’ve been in the fitness industry for a while now and I absolutely LOVE teaching fitness, especially dance fitness. It’s my happy place and one of my biggest passions (along with my other passion… food)

So I will admit I kind of fell into teaching fitness unintentionally. I’ve always enjoyed fitness and I used to dance and ride horses and do all sorts of sports until I went to university. After that, I went to various gyms but never truly felt comfortable there. I’m not a gym bunny (not by a long shot) and I always felt lonely exercising on my own. So I started to look elsewhere for exercise. I came across Zumba and found a local class and within seconds of being there, I knew I was home. I loved the music and the social/community feel of the class and everything about it.

When my sister decided to start up her own community fitness business I went to every single class she had going. I didn’t set out to teach fitness but when my sister started having injuries and because I knew all her routines, she asked me if I would go on the Zumba course to qualify to teach. So I nervously turned up at the course and thankfully I passed and then my fitness instructor journey began.

Fast forward a year and my confidence had really grown so I decided to train to become a Fitsteps instructor. That same year I began my Exercise to Music instructor journey. This was a tough course and with issues in my personal life at the same time, I struggled to complete it. However, after a year and a half of hard work and lots of studying, I finally achieved my Exercise to Music qualification and not long after I trained to be a Clubbercise instructor. My classes were flourishing and it was hard to believe I was that scared instructor who could barely say a word and had no confidence. I was now dancing and whooping and having the time of my life.

I’ve since trained to become a Beatz and Glow Beatz instructor and in December 2017 I was given the honour of being asked to join the Beatz Fitness pro team as a mentor to the instructors. In the last year, I've trained as PWR Beatz, Rockbox Fitness and Broadway Boogie instructor as well as training to teach Freestyle Fitness Yoga. I was also hugely honoured in 2019 to be named a finalist for Female Community Fitness Instructor of the Year for the Community Fitness Awards. I still train in a gym with my personal trainer and I love to swim and ride horses, but community fitness is where my heart truly lies and it always will.

I suffer from mental health issues, namely depression and anxiety, and I LOVE the fact that community fitness and for me specifically dance fitness helps so much with combating these. Fitness isn’t just for losing weight or hitting fitness goals. It hugely helps mental health too and that’s why I’m so passionate about what I do and why community fitness means so much as it changes lives in more ways than one. It’s something I plan to do for as long as my body and mind allow me to!

Qualifications and Licences
~ April 2020 to Present - (Broadway Boogie) - Broadway Boogie Group Exercise Instructor
~ February 2020 to Present - (Rockbox Fitness) - Rockbox Fitness Group Exercise Instructor
~ September 2019 to Present - (Group X Training) - Freestyle Fitness Yoga Instructor
~ August 2019 to Present (Notts Healthcare NHS Trust) - Mental Health First Aider
~ February 2019 to Present - (JH Fitness) - Owner, Founder and Group Exercise Instructor
~ May 2012 to Present - (Buena Vida Health & Fitness) – Group Exercise Instructor
~ February 2019 to Present - (Beatz Fit) – PWR Beatz Instructor
~ May 2018 to Present (Notts Healthcare NHS Trust) - Level 3 Trained First Aider
~ August 2017 to Present (Beatz Fit) – Beatz and Glow Beatz Group Exercise Instructor
~ February 2017 to December 2019 (Clubbercise) – Clubbercise U18 Group Exercise Instructor
~ April 2016 to Present (FitSteps) - FitSteps FAB (For All Bodies) Group Exercise Instructor
~ August 2015 to December 2019 (Clubbercise) – Clubbercise Group Exercise Instructor
~ June 2015 (Health & Fitness Education) – YMCA Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Exercise To Music)
~ June 2015 (Health & Fitness Education) – YMCA Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise
~ June 2015 (Health & Fitness Education) – YMCA Level 2 Principles of Exercise and Fitness
~ March 2014 (FitSteps) – FitSteps Group Exercise Instructor
~ April 2012 - April 2019 (Zumba Fitness LLC) – Zumba Gold Group Exercise Instructor
~ April 2012 - April 2019 (Zumba Fitness LLC) – Zumba Fitness Group Exercise Instructor​

Affiliations
~ Member of the Beatz Fitness Pro team (Mentor).
~ Member of the Community Fitness Network​
~ This Girl Can Supporter
~ Joint Community Fitness Network Ambassador for the Nottinghamshire area (https://www.communityfitnessnetwork.org/Team/Jenny-Hilton)

Awards​
~ December 2017 - Finalist in the Midlands category for the Fitsteps Instructor of the Year Awards
~ June 2019 - Finalist in the category of Female Community Fitness Instructor of the Year in the National Community Fitness Awards