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Team Mizzou Profile: Ethan Weeks

tmz_profile_weeksEthan Weeks • zouLIFE Specialist and RecSports Lead

Ethan is a senior Nutritional Science Pre-Med student from Adrian, Missouri. He’s been a member of Team Mizzou since Spring 2013. If you can’t find Ethan on the courts or in zouLIFE, you might find him at the park with his dog. Meet Ethan!

How did you decide on your major?

Growing up, science was always my favorite subject. I’m a nerd. I love how chemistry works and how adding or subtracting a bond here or there can change the whole composition of something. I love how simple but how complex everything is. 

How did you get started on Team Mizzou?

Freshman year, I was looking for a job, and I lived at Defoe-Graham. I lived like 10 feet away. I could throw a rock and hit the door. I thought, “I’m gonna go over there and check it out.” They were looking for officiants, and I officiated in high school. It was great! Then Emily McElwain was looking for people to work at zouLIFE over last winter break.  I didn’t know if she would want to hire a guy, but she did. It’s good, zouLIFE’s good. 

When you’re not working at the Rec or in class, what are you doing?

Sleeping. But really, I’m with my dog at the park. We like to hang out a lot. I play RecSports. I’m on three teams, me and some friends. We’re at the Rec, even if we’re not working.


What kind of dog do you have?

A little miniature schnauzer, Duke. He’s like 15 pounds and he’s got the name Duke like he’s a giant dog. People will say, “Oh, do you have a lab or something?” No, it’s just a little dog. I got lucky. He’s a good dog.


What’s the difference between working in zouLIFE and RecSports?

In zouLIFE, you have to have a friendly approach to things. In RecSports, you’ve gotta be man in charge. You have to be an authoritative figure, which is the opposite of zouLIFE. 

unknown-2What’s your favorite Team Mizzou memory?

I would say my favorite Rec experience was last year’s Spring Roar because everyone I started with here, that was their last time. It was a good moment. We were all there together–all looking dapper. It was bittersweet, but it was a good Roar. 

What advice do you have for someone interested in joining Team Mizzou?

Apply. Get to know someone here, so you can see what the job is like before you get into. Want to do it because it’s a great job. We all get along. The Pro Staff is great. It’s a big ole family. We’re best friends. It’s not like you’re just coworkers and you leave and you don’t talk to them. You still hang out away from work.

This is a great place to build a lot of skills. We have so much support behind us with the Pro Staff. You have so many opportunities working here that build your character, build your work ethic. That’s gonna help you for a lifetime.

5 Fitness Apps We Love

It’s probably the point of the semester where you’re starting to get really, really busy. As exams loom and planners fill up, it’s extra important to be kind to your body – getting up and moving is a great stress reliever! We know you might not have hours a day to spend at the Rec, but fear not: some of our awesome Team Mizzou members wanna share their favorite smartphone apps that make organizing your fitness routine easier than ever (If only studying for bio was this simple!).


1. Run like you mean it.

Runkeeper is an app that tracks your runs, motivates you along the way and stores all your runs. I like it because it tells me my time and pace at every mile so I don’t have to look at my phone during my run. The app also sends me snarky (motivational!) notifications when I haven’t gone for a run in a while, challenging me to put on my shoes and go for a run!”
– Claire Taylor, TigerX

Extra tip: Have a goal in mind? Pick a pace or distance you want to hit and this app will store your progress and keep you on track. 


2. Add in an extra rep.

Stronglifts 5×5 is a great beginner app for weights. It keeps track of sets and weights for lifting workouts.”
– Nick Rozier, Membership

Extra tip: Plan your workouts before you get to the Rec (or while you’re hanging out in Jungle Lobby!). Then, zone into your workout without worrying about losing your favorite notebook and pen – this app displays and tracks your reps with a tap.


3. Keep your steps on track.

“I like using my Fitbit with the app so I can check out my steps in real-time. I mostly focus on cardio and use the app to keep track of my steps on the treadmill, elliptical, stair stepper and indoor track.”
– Kelsey Inglis, zouLIFE

Extra tip: No fitness tracker? Fitbit can use sensors on your smartphone to track your progress sans device, but Stepz, Walker and Pacer are some other options for people who keep their smartphone in their pocket 24-7.


4. Try out some oldies (but goodies!).

Google Chrome is really useful when I’m in the middle of a workout and want to add something new. Youtube is also really helpful because I can quickly search for exercises and check my form.”
– Braden Zink, Facility Frontline

Extra tip: Create Youtube playlists of exercise examples to quickly check your form during a workout. Oh, and follow MizzouRec while you’re at it – our zouLIFE personal trainers have some great tips for utilizing spaces around the facility, like Stalcup’s Garage!


5. Relax and breathe.

“I use the app Yoga Studio, which features many poses, props and breathing techniques to help you plan your own yoga class.  Another great feature of the app are the downloadable classes – if I ever need a quick yoga class, I can download one on the app and a video will guide me through my practice.  This app is great for all levels of yoga, from beginner or advanced.”
– Angela Olsen, TigerX

Extra tip: Only have 10 minutes before class? Want to work specifically on your flexibility or get in a quick guided meditation? The downloadable classes vary in length and focus so you can choose your perfect practice. Namaste.

The Real Deal On Personal Training, From Someone Who’s Done It Before


Personal training, explained

We can go on for days about how professional! and knowledgeable! and friendly! and wonderful! our personal trainers are, but it’s much better to hear the real deal from someone who’s done it before. So, meet Linda Bennett: a professor in the College of Education and a boot camp and personal training veteran. On top of that she’s an amazing, fun-loving person.



“When I make a decision to do something, I’m all in. That’s who I am.”



On getting started: “Really I kept signing up for boot camps. It ended up that they were private boot camps. As long as we had enough people to make a boot camp, then Alex (Kiehl) would work it out to have another one for us. So really, that’s what kind of got me.”

On getting out of her comfort zone: “It was pretty much you’re here to do boot camp and we’re going to do as much as you can. Some of us hadn’t done certain things before. He taught us skills to make sure we were doing it right. So it wasn’t just like okay, here’s what you’re going to do and go do it. He had a certain level of expectation regardless of where you started.”

On new friendships: “It really has built. We have completely different jobs. We wouldn’t all be friends if it wouldn’t have been for this.”


On getting what she needed: “I didn’t start with Tom until January. When I decided to start to do a trainer I sent an email and said what I wanted, because I did want something sort of different. Tom is more upper body and weights which typically women need. So, I had a goal there. I wanted someone who liked to do that kind of training. That’s how Tom and I ended up working together.”

On kicking butt: “I wanted to do something intense. If I say the session was awesome, it means that I worked my tail off, that I’m sweating and I ache but I don’t hurt.”

On the challenge: “If you’re not quite working hard enough or you’re not quite doing it right, they’ll let you know. They hold you accountable. I work out hard, I run harder than when I jog around my neighborhood. They push that limit for me.”



On setting your goals: “Know what you want to do. Because there are different ways to train. You could get in and work with a personal trainer but if you don’t have a sense of what you want to work on or the style you want, you’re not going to like it. Even if they’re a good person and they train well, if you don’t let people know what you need and want, you’re not going to keep coming back. That’s important … Personal training makes your brain and your body work together. Your brain has to figure out how to make it happen.”

On why training is for her: “I wanted something where I would leave feeling worn out but exhilarated. Your body has been pushed but you’re feeling ready to go. I’d always heard people say that it’s addictive, and yes. It does gets addictive. If I sit all day for work, I go – I’ve got to do something! You can’t explain it until you feel it.”



Have more questions about personal training?

Visit our personal training page or our boot camp page to get more information about registration and our training programs. You can also email Training Manager Derik Kincaid at