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My love of Body Pump started with a conversation with my dear friend Mary. One day I asked her how she got her fabulously toned arms, and she exclaimed, “Body Pump!” From that day on I started taking her class. She always smiles when she’s teaching, and has amazing energy. I asked her to be a part of my project and share her story.

(Mary Lai is a certified instructor of Body Pump, Zumba, Sh’Bam, Body Vive, and Body Combat. She is also a nationally certified personal trainer.)


How long have you been a Body Pump instructor?

It’ll be 10 years come this January!

How  did you become a Body Pump instructor?

Well I was about to turn 40.  At first I was dreading it, but then I decided that instead of feeling negative I should mark this milestone with a new challenge.  At that time I had been taking Body Pump classes for about a year and was hooked on how empowering it made me feel, both physically and mentally. So I took the plunge and signed up for the certification training, and the rest is history.

What did you do before becoming a Body Pump instructor?

I worked in the IT field for many years.  My days used to revolve around sitting in my office and in meeting rooms all day, but now they’re filled with action and high spirits and fun!  My journey into the fitness industry has led me to all sorts of certifications, and I get to share my fitness expertise every day with others so that I can be a positive impact in their fitness journeys.

m2Love your big smile, how do you keep your good energy up all day?

I try to take care of myself by leading a healthy lifestyle.  And I always give my clients and my classes my all.  I know that sometimes it’s the only time in their busy day that’s devoted just for themselves, so I want to give them all my effort.

You had breast cancer a couple of years ago. What one advice do you want to give to women?

Take care of yourself.  It doesn’t guarantee that unexpected health issues won’t happen, but you’ll be able to bounce back much more easily if it does.  Because I was in good physical shape, I was able to recover from the surgeries and chemo treatments relatively quickly.  I am grateful for my good health every day!

Let’s meet Bridget, she is the owner of  other people’s trash vintage clothing,  a fashion blogger , Assistant  buyer for Urban Outfitters.

It’s a beautiful sunny day when we went out for the photoshoot. I was waiting for her
outside her apartment
. She came out with this Vintage Lord and Taylor flowing floral dress. It’s such a beautiful moment!


Where is the name “other people’s trash vintage” come from?

The name of my store really came from the name of my blog. When thinking of a name for my blog I thought about the old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Vintage clothing, although very beautiful and delicate, is essentially trash in the respect that it is something that its owner no longer wants and is disposed of by that person. It becomes treasure to its new owner who finds an appreciation for it.

Where do you find all the vintage clothes that you sell?

I never thrift and tell.

What is your favorite era of fashion and why?

I really love the glamour and rebellion of the 1920s but I also love the color and textiles of the 1960s. I would love to go to a party hosted by Jay Gatsby and Don Draper!



Could you offer people one tip for how to style vintage clothing?

Mix and match vintage pieces with modern day looks to avoid looking too costume-y. Accessorize with confidence.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?

I do not find inspiration from one source but rather from all around me. It could be a person, place, or thing that catches my eye and is memorable. Always keep your eyes open! I like to use a mood board near my closet to group together images and ideas for outfits and styling.