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Lightning Round: Getting Personal with Martha Kaplan, SoulCycle Instructor + Community Marketing Manager of Athleta 

By Lisa Malin

Martha Kaplan

My name is: 

Martha Kaplan

I’m a: 

Community Marketing Manager for Athleta and an indoor cycling instructor at SoulCycle

My non-negotiable wellness habits are:

Movement everyday. I have to do some type of exercise! Also taking good care of my skin and fueling my body.

I wake up each day at: 

6:30 a.m.

My morning routine goes something like this:

I wake up, make coffee, feed the cat, get washed, talk to my partner, check my calendar/work schedule for the day, do a few quick stretches and 10 pushups. I do 10 pushups every morning:)

My morning beverage of choice is: 


I take my coffee: 

With unsweetened Califia Farms Almond Milk

Go-to Breakfast: 

My go to breakfast is usually a slice of whole wheat toast with fresh ground peanut butter and jam and an antioxidant shake. (The shake is: blueberries, mango, pomegranates or blackberries, arugula with 1 TBSP of Flaxseed and 1 TSP of Amla Powder (Indian Gooseberry).

Lunch is normally: 

A salad or veggie wrap or veggie burrito.


My go-to snacks are avocado toast, hummus and crackers/pita, veggies, fruit, and a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon.

Dinner is often: 

A big salad, whole wheat pasta and homemade sauce of marinara or puttanesca, sweet potato or brussel sprouts on the side

My favorite way to get my sweat on is: 

SoulCycle (but I love yoga too)

Favorite way to fuel between classes: 

I usually just drink lots of water and I bring a banana.

My go to beauty products on and off the bike are:

Skin care is really important to me.  If I teach 2 back to back, I will use Yuni Shower Sheets in between to freshen up. 

My regular skin routine includes:

cleansing with Clarins Foaming Face Wash and spraying my face with Mario Badescu Facial Spray (w/aloe and rosewater). I then moisturize with Yuni Active Calm Moisturizer and use Blue Mercury M-61 Hydraboost Eye Cream around my eyes. It contains Vitamin B-5. I use Vaseline on my lips!

My go-to athletic/athleisure brands are: 

Of course, I LOVE Athleta.

Off the bike, you’ll find me wearing: 

Either black leggings or jeans with a black tank top and my funky high tops. I’ll layer with a fun sweatshirt over or if I have meetings that day, and a black blazer.

For me, self care means: 

Making sure I get a good night’s sleep and carving out time for myself during the day where I can do something for me.  I love to use the steam room at my gym and relax and stretch in there. I also make sure to enjoy a manicure 1x a week with a back massage! 

On a Friday night, you can find me: 

Finishing my playlist for my weekend classes and lying on the couch with a glass of wine watching Netflix with my honey.

Words to live by/life philosophy: 

Choose an active lifestyle, make healthy choices when it comes to what you eat, surround yourself with positive, like minded people and live each day with a growth mindset. Don’t put limitations on yourself.

If I had known then what I know now, I would tell my younger self:  

“Perfection is overrated.” When I think about myself in my 20’s, I was searching for the perfect job, the perfect relationship, the perfect life….At 62, I don’t worry about feeling exactly, perfectly settled in every part of my life. If I did, then I’d miss out on all the wonderful opportunities life gives us to grow and learn! It’s about the journey! 


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