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 recently a PWR Beatz instructor. In December 2017 I was given the huge honour of being asked to join the Beatz Fitness pro team as a mentor to the instructors. 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 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!
History of JH Fitness
I’d been teaching fitness in the community for 7 years, but I always felt something was missing from my career. I finally realised I wanted the opportunity to create my own business and bring community fitness to different areas of Nottingham.
After a talk with my friend and fitness mentor Mel Bridger (creator of Beatz Fitness) I decided to take the plunge and on the 27th of February 2019, JH Fitness was born (albeit with a slightly different name). I started it with no logo, no plan, no classes and I will admit, not much of a clue on what I was doing. I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to take over a class that was running in Netherfield and make it my own.
Despite intense fear (largely down to my anxiety) I ran a Facebook ad for my new Glow Beatz class with the help of a friend and arranged the launch. Thankfully despite that fear, it was a huge success and I have a bunch of hardcore regulars who come every week and glow hard with me.
After the success of Glow Beatz, I decided to take a leap of faith and launch PWR Beatz. I’m glad I did as I really enjoy this class and those who attend say the same. And in early 2020 I'll be launching Freestyle Fitness Yoga which is a dream made reality as I love Yoga. While JH Fitness is small right now, I'm hopeful it will keep growing and growing. I love what I do so as long as the people of Nottingham keep coming, JH Fitness will keep going.
Qualifications, Experience and Awards
Qualifications and Licences
~ August 2019 - Present - Mental Health First Aider
~ February 2019 - Present - (JH Fitness) - Owner and Group Exercise Instructor
~ May 2012- Present - (Buena Vida Health & Fitness) – Group Exercise Instructor
~ February 2019- Present - (Beatz) – PWR Beatz Instructor
~ May 2018 - Present - Level 3 Trained First Aider
~ August 2017 - Present (Beatz) – Beatz and Glow Beatz Group Exercise Instructor
~ February 2017 - December 2019 (Clubbercise) – Clubbercise U18 Group Exercise Instructor
~ April 2016 - (FitSteps) - FitSteps FAB (For All Bodies) Group Exercise Instructor
~ August 2015 - 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
I have over seven years of experience in the fitness industry. I have many years worth of dance and fitness experience that I bring to my business. I have danced since the age of three in various disciplines and have been an assistant dance coach for a youth dance team. I also have an A-Level in Performing Arts and Drama of which Dance was a large part. I have been interested in fitness since a young age and have been training in Fitness since 2005 where I took an A-Level in Physical Education and spent time coaching young children in sport. I have also studied towards a Foundation Degree in Sports Condition and Coaching.
~ 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)
~ 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