What’s in My Gym Bag: Vida Fitness General Manager Nancy Burnham

Who: Nancy BurnhamDoes: General manager for Vida FitnessApproach to fitness: “My personal motto is ‘consistency is the key to success’. Regardless of what I’m doing, I make sure I’m enjoying it, so I do it often and do it well. Due to my slightly competitive nature, I’ve always loved working out with people in a team setting. In the 16 years I’ve been working in the fitness industry, I’ve learned there isn’t one specific exercise that will lead to a successful fitness outcome. It’s the combination of support, consistency, and variety.” Burnham loves hiking backpacks. She’s currently using one by Timbuk2, but her favorite is an Osprey travel pack. She loves both because of the back support and all the compartments for sweaty gym clothes, electronics, and baby gear. An added bonus: “In the city where you need your Metro card and house keys easily accessible, both have waistline compartments to keep them safe, secure, and close by,” she says. Burnham plans all of her outfits based on how well they match her trusty Vans. “Also, I can’t stress how important it is to have the right pair of socks,” she says of her Bombas no-shows. “No blisters for this gal!” A drawstring cosmetic bag m...

Beyond backpacks: State Bags co-founders help kids in need

Companies may nod to the idea of “doing well by doing good” — at State Bags, that credo is core to its business. Scot and Jacq Tatelman founded the maker of stylish backpacks and other bags in 2013 out of a shared wish to help needy children. That same passion also fuels the company’s success, and has sustained the husband-and-wife duo through the ups and down of running a small business.  State Bags donates a snappy backpack pre-stocked with school and other supplies to kids who may not have a bag or lack the resources to buy one. Bags are distributed through partnerships with celebrities including Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and Jessica Alba, as well as through other channels. “It’s not just about a material handout,” said Scot, who’s background in the camp industry opened his eyes to the many local children who he saw carrying their belongings in ripped trash bags. “It’s more about getting them thinking about beating the odds that are often stacked up against them.” That sense of mission has been crucial in keeping State Bags, which is based in Brooklyn, New York, on the right track. “There have been so many tim...