Kass Martin is one busy woman. She travels all over the world, teaching Zumba® Master Classes and, in her words, being a “Zumba Activist”. She’s appeared on the “Today” show, “The Martha Stewart Show”, “The View”, and even “The Biggest Loser”. Yet, she still manages to center her life on her loving husband, son, and daughter. So how does this real-life Wonder Woman stay healthy and sane and do it all? She recently gave us a glimpse into her daily life.
Name: Kass Martin
Hometown: Orem, Utah
Zumba Education Specialist since 2011
Wake up, let Butters (the family labradoodle) out, make sure the kids are up and ready, and pick up anything I didn’t the night before. Moms are always cleaning. Always.
Answer emails. Working with a global company can leave mornings with a slew of emails. I have 2 hours before I teach my Zumba class. I teach twice a week and am a student in 1-2 other classes each week. While I catch up on work, I have my special protein-packed oatmeal:
1/3 cup dried oats
½ scoop vanilla protein powder
½ of a Greek light yogurt
Handful of frozen berries
Teach class and socialize with my students, who used to be strangers and are now my best friends! My mom and sister come to my class so it’s a time we get to be together as well.
Usually I meet my husband, Brian for lunch. We’ll either go out or cook at home. If we go out, I love the Tri-Tip Steak Salad from a place called Cubby’s. It’s a bed of lettuce topped with steak strips, cilantro, red peppers, dried cherries, and feta cheese with cilantro dressing on the side. It’s all organic and local. Yum!
If we cook at home, we usually grill up some shrimp seasoned with paprika, garlic salt, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper and we’ll use it as a topping over rice noodles and veggies.
Every week, I’ll roast a bunch of veggies to use throughout the week for omelets, topping on a salad, or a side dish. Any veggies seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted for 30 minutes at 450 degrees. Go-to’s: broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, peppers, onions, carrots, asparagus.
Once the kids are home, it’s back to mom mode and I’m making snacks, doing carpool, dropping off, picking up, helping with homework, hanging out with them. It’s important for me to be engaged in my kids’ lives. Even if it means a loud and rambunctious house, I will always allow friends over.
Dinner time. We learned a long time ago that with Brian and I both working, we need dinner to be fast and easy. We get pre-made dinners from Dream Dinners; it gives us a variety of meals that we can set in the freezer and pull out when we’re ready. It’s brilliant!
We also love to grill. In the summer, we grill chicken, steak, veggies, pineapple. We love to eat out and when we do, we usually go for fresh mex. We are creatures of habit, I suppose.
Once dinner is over, it’s time to get the kiddos to bed, finish up any homework, piano, and chores. I usually stay up late catching up on mom duties I don’t get to while I travel for work. Being a working mom is tough. Keeping it all balanced it a work in progress. I have learned the important things to focus on and to not get caught up in time wasters and things that bring negativity. I say no to things. I don’t do anything that’s on a weeknight as that is time for my family.
I have always felt like I am a wife and a mom first. Then I get to have the most amazing job on the weekends where I can share my passion for fitness, people, and happiness. Being gone on weekends helps me prioritize my time. I spend all the time I can with my kids and husband and that balance makes all those long plane rides worth it as I know I am always returning to my favorite place: home!
Quest Protein Bars – Apple Pie flavor, fresh fruit, yogurt, pudding, or sugar free jello
Pizza, freshly made Krispy Kreme doughnuts, BBQ, or the avocado spring rolls from Cheesecake Factory!