After graduating in finance, Abdullah AbulQassim went on to form an impressive career with roles at Gulf Bank, Global Investment House and Kuwait Investment Company. He is now the owner and managing director of LOSE/GAIN Fitness Centre and takes inspiration from the American personal trainer, Tony Horton, creator of P90X Fitness Program. On top of that, he holds patents for two of his inventions and won a gold medal for Best Sport Invention at INPEX Invention Exhibition in Pittsburgh, USA.
Following a six year career with Gulf Bank, Mariam Dashti is now an experienced fitness coach and certified P90X instructor. She is also a member of the Kuwait National Squash team and is committed to inspiring others to work for a better, healthier life.
Please tell us about your academic backgrounds:
Abdullah: Bachelor degree in Finance and MBA in Finance.
Mariam: Bachelor degree in Physical Education.
How and where did the two of you meet?
Abdullah: We met at Mariam’s workplace. I was the client and she was the manager.
As a professional, what are the qualities you admire in your spouse?
Abdullah: She is ambitious, smart, very positive, funny and dedicated.
Mariam: He is smart, innovative, healthy, fit and enthusiastic. He’s also the best father.
Where do you concur and where do you differ from each other?
Both: We concur on almost everything but we differ on food.
Do you think being friends with your spouse is an important part of marriage?
Both: Yes big time, it’s a major factor.
How do you handle a work-life balance and challenges in a dynamic work environment?
Both: By managing time and setting priorities.
When do you spend time with each other? How do you unwind?
Both: Every morning and after work.
What is the best gift you received from each other?
Both: Abdulrazzaq, our son.
Any memorable holidays?
Abdullah: In June 2017 myself and Mariam were chosen to coach 20,000+ people on stage with the creator of P90X fitness program.
One would imagine that both of you probably discuss business issues a lot at home too. Does that happen?
Both: Yes, very often.
How are household responsibilities divided? Who is the boss at home?
Both: Responsibilities are divided 50/50 and the boss is Razzaq!
Has there been any significant event that has changed your marriage? What was the event? How did it change your relationship?
Both: Having Abdulrazzag in our life had a huge impact on our relationship. We became closer and stronger.
How do you manage your time together? Do you have any time left over for your marriage at all?
Both: Since we work in the same field we spend most of the time together.
What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game?
Both: Being at the top is a big challenge. Being a fitness instructor is a bigger challenge where you are the role model for the trainers and responsible for the outcomes they are expecting to reach from you.
What have been your most challenging moments in life?
Both: Having a child.
How do you motivate each other during tough times at work?
Both: We workout together and discuss the tough matters.
Who’s your inspiration professionally?
Abdullah: Tony Horton, the creator of P90X Fitness Program.
Mariam: Abdullah, my husband.
What have you learnt from each other?
Both: Every single detail in our fitness journey.
Some marriages are “passionate,” some are “companionate”: which fits you?
Both: We can say it’s a mix of both.
What are the keys to a successful relationship?
Both: Honesty, friendship and doing stuff together that you both like.
Do you have any common interests or hobbies?
Both: Yes, we have a lot of mutual interests and hobbies. Sport is no.1.
Tell us about your children. How have they changed your life?
Both: Being parents has changed our lives big time – more responsibilities and less me, more them.
Advice for other couples:
Both: Find a common/mutual interest that you can do together and just simply do it.
How do you feel being selected one of the CP Magazine’s Power Couples for this year?
Both: We are thankful and feel encouraged.
Abdullah – Grey. Mariam – Blue.
Both: Any healthy food.
Tea or Coffee?
Abdullah – Coffee. Mariam – Water.
Abdullah – Mercedes. Mariam – Range Rover
Abdullah – The Big Picture,Tony Horton. Mariam – Any good book.
Abdullah – Any good song. Mariam – Any good song by Abdullah Rowaishid
Abdullah – Forest Gump/Step Brothers. Mariam – Any good movie.
Abdullah – Not working out. Mariam – Insects.
Favourite app on your phone:
Abdullah – Amazon. Mariam – ibook.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Abdullah – Family and exercise. Mariam – Exercise.