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Pump Room Etiquette 101


Ah, the Pump Room. It’s the perfect space in the facility to get some serious lifting on.

Free weight training and heavy duty equipment? Sign us up! The Pump Room is the place to be if you’re into dumbbells, barbells, racks, legs machines and benches. Before you go, though, Personal Trainer Matt has some tips on how to be the best person possible and make the Pump Room an awesome place for everyone.

Here’s how to make everyone in the Pump Room like you.

A quick recap:

  1. If you don’t know how to use a piece of equipment, or need someone to spot you while you lift, ask one of our Team Mizzou members. We keep the Pump Room staffed at all times because we don’t want you to hurt yourself. Don’t be too embarrassed to ask a question so you’re 100 percent positive you know how to properly use our equipment.
  2. Don’t drop the weights, pretty please! Aside from making a loud noise that distracts your fellow pump roomers, it’s not good for the equipment or our newly-installed floor. Remember: if you can lift it, you can set it down nicely. ????
  3. Re-rack your weights when you’re done with them. A clean Pump Room is a happy Pump Room. Please help us keep things tidy!
  4. Don’t be afraid to work with someone! The Pump Room can get pretty busy, so offering or asking to take turns on a piece of equipment isn’t a faux pas. Just be sure you’re kind and considerate to your peers — let’s keep the Pump Room a comfortable and non-intimidating space for everyone.

certified staff, personal trainer, matt marciano, headshot, stf, september 2015

Matt M.

ACE Personal Trainer, USAW Weightlifting and Sports Performance Coach

Matt is an undergraduate student in the nutrition and exercise physiology program. He hopes to attend physical therapy school, or if that doesn’t work out, continue his personal training career aboard a cruise ship. In his free time, he likes to win sand volleyball championships and borrow Olivia’s dog so he can go to the dog park.

Fun fact: “One of my life goals is to beat every Zelda game ever created.”

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Let’s face it: zouLIFE facials are the best!

Always wondered what a facial is like? We asked zouLIFE esthetician Jayviona your questions for you… just in time for 15% off facials on Fridays during February (talk about a tongue twister!) 

I already take good care of my skin. Is it still a good idea to get a facial?

It’s always a good idea to get a facial in my book. No one has perfect skin, and there’s always room for improvement.

I’ve never had one before. Which should I choose?

It’s important to know your skin care goals. Do you want to get rid of acne? Are you having lots of breakouts? Do you have fine lines and wrinkles? Do you want a more relaxing experience? Are you trying to get rid of scarring? Be clear about your goals with your esthetician so that she can help you choose what’s best for you. If you’re unsure, I’d start off with the basic zouLIFE facial.

As an esthetician, what do you look for when assessing how to treat someone’s skin?

I look for papules, pustules and broken capillaries, or lines close to your nose or eye area. You can get these lines from things like allergies or smoking. I check if the person has dehydrated skin, dry skin, wrinkles or acne scars. I always ask my clients questions, too. Where and when do they get oily after cleansing their skin? Do they use a moisturizer? These things help me decide how to treat them specifically.

Do I need to do anything before my facial?

Make sure to avoid exfoliating at least four days before your facial; you don’t want to over exfoliate the skin. The day of, do your normal routine so I can get a proper skin analysis. You can come in for the appointment with or without makeup– doesn’t matter. Just get ready to relax.

Am I going to breakout afterwards?

If you do breakout, it’s common. Your skin is just detoxifying. With a consistent routine and following up at home, the breakouts should subside.

I’ve heard there are different types of skin. What kinds are there, and how do I know which kind I have?

There are five different skin types.
  1. Normal
  2. Oily
  3. Dry
  4. Combination
  5. Sensitive
To help determine which kind you have, I’ll ask you a series of questions. Then, I’ll cleanse your skin, and take a look underneath the magnifying lamp to determine which of the five types you are.

After my facial, how should I continue to maintain my clean skin?

Immediately after your facial, avoid makeup, don’t make a massage appointment and avoid the steam room, sauna and tanning. Long term, make sure to follow up with your skin care regimen recommended by your esthetician. Refrain from touching your face, and stay hydrated. Also, make sure to use sunscreen!

How often should I come back?

It varies for each person, depending on their goals and how problematic their skin is. For the average person, I recommend once a month, because it takes about a month for cell turn-over, or making new skin.

Sound like a facial is up your alley?