By: Val Cavalheri
Recently, Bliss Magazine spoke to Kiya Knight and James Lockwood, co-creators of Weightless Worldwide, LLC, a web based fitness and nutrition business and an adventure bootcamp hosted on some of the world’s best beaches. They also happen to be married and in love and, honestly, they just look awesome together.
BLISS: So, was it love at first sight?
JAMES: We met while we were both working in Tulum, Mexico at sister resorts one mile apart on a white sand beach. My first thought was, ‘eh..she seems nice but not really my type.’
KIYA: And I thought, ‘he looks a bit ruff, tattoos a bad boy and a hooligan!’
BLISS: What about your courtship and marriage: the usual standard stuff?
JAMES: It wasn’t usual at all. We started to fall for one another over CB radios on a Caribbean beach at the tip of the Yucatan. I would call to see if Kiya had extra avocado or cheese for my hotel. At first it was a nice mini break from work, then our beach runs and product exchanges turned into an excuse to look for things we were out of. We would then meet and make out on the beach for 5 minutes before returning to our hotels.
KIYA: After a year on the beach I moved to NYC to learn how to start a fitness business. James joined me in Feb 2011 and we left to host WEightless Escapes in Costa Rica 8 months later. Right in the middle of our Costa Rica Business adventure we snuck back to the beach in Tulum for a traditional Mayan Ceremony.
BLISS: What keeps your relationship in balance?
JAMES: We don’t let each other slack; we hold the mirror right in front of one another when either of us is acting like a fool. We have extremely high levels of communication. I am a big believer of chivalry and old school etiquette. I think it goes back to understanding that men and women are different species. This has been the key for us. Instead of wanting your partner to be just like you, we try to remember our differences and understand that each of us has feminine and masculine energies that need to be looked after.
KIYA: One good thing about hanging out with an ex punk is that nobody messes with you. James just looks fierce so whenever I am with him I feel really safe. One time when we were in Lisbon Portugal, this guy tried to steal my passport and camera. James looked at the man with such an intense stare that the man instantly apologized and handed them over to James, trembling. This knowing that a powerful person has my back gives me the balls to follow my bigger dreams and take huge risks, which are now starting to pay off big time.
BLISS: You guys run a successful business together. How do you handle the day-to-day stresses of so much togetherness?
KIYA: Because we are business partners who work from home, we practice changing from work mode to home mode and making the other aware when we are in what mode. What we try to avoid is one of us talking about what’s for dinner and the other wanting to talk business… this just leads to arguments.
JAMES: We also have different specialties. Kiya is the sports scientist of our business, and movement is her genius zone. I am the Holistic Nutrition Specialist and this is my genius zone. We understand that each of us is an expert in our specific areas and we don’t assume to have better ideas/options in those fields. This keeps us operating efficiently.
BLISS: Any advice for those looking for love or looking to stay in love?
KIYA: I can only speak for us. The thing that attracted us the most to one another was our passion and commitment for a life of never ending learning and growing as people. Being in a relationship requires a lot of adaptation. I think the ability to adapt to situations and the willingness to see from another’s perspective is the magic sauce in creating a ridiculously awesome life. 6 months after we met on the beach in Tulum, we took a trip through Europe. We backpacked, surfed, ate and slept on airport floors. We really got to know each other by seeing how the other reacted to certain situations like stress and delay or opportunity to explore the unknown.
JAMES: Because fitness and nutrition is our church if we are stressed out or arguing we go for a run or workout, and by the end we are cheering one another on and proclaiming our love. Negative emotions like resentment and anxiety are energies that can take us over and control us. What we teach in our business is that you/we need to move those energies through and out of our systems in order to be in tune. Nutrition also plays an instrumental role, when we are energized and feel good/ look good we are more prone to be patient and understanding with our significant other.
Photos by: Masha Osipova