Zenith Staff

Climbing Instructors | Setters


“Better we raise our skill than lower the climb.”

– Royal Robbins


Meet Your Personal Trainer

Christian Losh

Instructor | Setter | Youth Coach

Favorite Style of Climbing:

My main focus on climbing has always been bouldering. I’m particularly drawn towards the raw power and intensity that’s needed for bouldering. Figuring out the sequences, executing the crux and finishing the climb in the most efficient way.

Training Style:

When it comes to training, I have always being skill focused and a big advocate of consistency. Being in the gym on a regular basis and having that “climb your hardest” mentality will form the best results. In my training, I will show you effective time management strategies on how to get the most out of each session. Being skill focused, I can recognize what the climber is doing and help them become more aware of their body. Hip movement, knee adjustments, ankle positioning, and body arrangement are just a few examples of what we will be working on. I will work with each client to address their weak points and learn how to fix them as well as highlight their strengths.

Climbing Experience:

I have been climbing since 2011 and setting since 2016. Over the years, I have had the privilege of bouldering across the country at many renowned destinations including Arkansas, Hueco Tanks, Joes Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, and many others. During this time, I have learned invaluable skills that led me to the ascent of several V10 boulders. Climbing is my absolute passion and I want to share it with everybody. Whether you are trying to crush double-digit boulders or just starting out, I will be able to help you meet your goals.


Connor Dykes

Instructor | Setter | Youth Coach

Favorite Style of Climbing:

I don’t consider myself a sport climber or a boulderer. I think it’s important to excel in all forms of climbing as each discipline has something different to teach you. That being said I spend the majority of my training time on the bouldering walls because of the controlled and accessible nature of the terrain. I tend to enjoy powerful, explosive, and coordinated movement. One of my favorite things about climbing is that it is multi-faceted, meaning that it can be enjoyed in different ways by many different people. For those looking for an intense strength and power workout, bouldering and conditioning exercises will push your physical limits and expose new ones. For those who enjoy the delicate choreography of climbing, Sport climbing provides stamina and endurance stimulus, requiring mental perseverance as well as exceptional focus and control.

Training Style:

As a climbing coach and route setter, I am absolutely captivated by the mechanics of climbing movement and the nuanced intricacies of creating that same movement in the gym. I have done extensive research and acquired crucial first-hand knowledge in the best practices of climbing specific training and injury prevention. One of my favorite classes to run is Movement 101. This one hour class is engagingly hands-on and gives me an opportunity to show you the techniques behind efficient climbing movement and route reading. This provides you a solid foundation to excel with proper form. This class reveals the tips and tricks I had to learn the hard way when first starting out.

Climbing Experience:

I have been climbing 3-6 days a week for 6 years now. My climbing passion has taken me all over the country. Some of my favorite areas to climb include Joe’s Valley Utah (Bouldering), The Red River Gorge (Sport Climbing), and Moab Utah (Trad Climbing). With that, my all-time favorite place to climb is right here in the backyard of the Ozarks. Arkansas offers a unique style and atmosphere you just won’t find anywhere else in the country. My experience and training have provided me the ability to climb 5.13d (sport and trad) and V11. I can’t wait to share with you the tactics I have learned over the years and assist you in reaching your own goals in climbing!


Seth Swango

Instructor |Setter |Youth Coach

Favorite Style of Climbing:

I find myself drawn to almost every type of rock climbing, whether that be powerful bouldering, sport climbing on all types of terrain, or traditional climbing in both the single pitch and remote multi-pitch setting. Recently my main focus has turned towards combining what I can learn from each of these disciplines in order to prepare for hard multi-pitch trad climbs in the alpine.

Training Style:

Though I’m grateful for the fitness and coordination I have developed I’m admittedly not the most naturally gifted athlete. Progress in climbing has not come easily despite being very committed to the process for over three years. The desire to progress faster has lead me to pursue a highly structured and multi-faceted approach to training rooted in the principles of modern sports science. My thinking and expertise regarding training are constantly evolving as I pay close attention to what coaches and athletes are doing at the highest level of our sport.

Climbing Experience:

I’m an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor and USAC Level 1 Route Setter. I’ve been climbing since early 2016 and route setting since late 2017. I’ve lead an ascent of the Grand Teton and many smaller multi-pitch climbs ranging from 5.6 to 5.10+. I’ve redpointed 5.12 sport routes and 5.11 traditional routes.

Yoga Instructors

Jamie Strong

Certified Yoga Instructor

Class at Zenith:
Wednesdays at 6:00pm


“Ashtanga yoga is, in fact, hard. It takes years of practice to truly master the method. However, the journey is where all the magic happens.”

-Jamie

Jamie is a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and rock climbing enthusiast. In 2015 she completed a 40-hour Ashtanga teacher training intensive in Kansas City. Jamie has been practicing Yoga of various styles since 2013 and has continued her education with workshops from teachers such as Kino MacGregor, David Swenson, Dylan Werner, and others. With her background in Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, Jamie’s classes are balanced, precise and mindful. She believes in encouraging students to break through their perceived limitations both on and off the mat.


Tana Aguas

Certified Yoga Instructor

Class at Zenith:
Saturdays at 2:30pm


Tana is an RYT 200 certified yoga instructor, Buti yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner. She uses a fusion of aromatherapy, breath, and movement to help students release tension, let go of things holding them back and move forward with intention. Believing that yoga is for everyone, Tana works with all levels, sizes, and ages.


Kari Schlak

Certified Yoga Instructor

Classes at Zenith:
Thursdays at 6pm & 7:15pm Sundays at 1pm & 2:30pm


Kari Schlak, RYT500, RPYT, RCYT has practiced and studied Yoga since childhood and has been teaching since 2013. Kari pursued her first teacher training with Beth Spindler of Teach to Inspire Yoga education. Through deeper study, Kari dove into a path focused on bringing the benefits of yoga and community to those at any stage of parenting and pregnancy, as well as to children, beginners, and those who seek a playful and accessible approach to Yoga. Kari has achieved a 500RYT advanced certification, RPYT prenatal certification, and RCYT children’s certification.


Jes

Certified Yoga Instructor

Classes at Zenith:
Tuesdays at 6:00pm
Fridays at 6:00pm


Jes is an Ozarks native, aerialist, rock climber, and crazy cat lady. She began her Yoga practice in 2012 in her living room after stumbling upon a photo series of Yogis in beautiful poses and was automatically drawn to the idea of creating art with the body. She decided to enroll in an RYT 200 training focusing on Vinyasa style yoga at Essential Yoga and graduated in 2015. During her training she sustained an injury, limiting her physical practice. During this time she shifted her focus inward to the mental and spiritual aspects of Yoga. Since graduation, she has taken multiple workshops focusing on the deeper, slower, practice of Yin yoga. Jes enjoys the quiet solitude that a Yin practice brings and often mixes those elements into her classes.


Kristin Tuter

Certified Yoga Instructor

Classes at Zenith:
Monday at 6:00pm
Tues/Thurs at 7:00am
Alternating Saturdays at 2:30pm


“My yoga practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. After losing my mother, the tribe of women I’ve met through Buti Yoga has helped me heal. My goal is to ignite confidence, promote self love, and to encourage you to accept your body. You are enough!”  

-Kristin

Kristin Tuter is a pony riding, animal loving, outdoor adventurer, whose classes are powerful, playful and heartfelt! Kristin is known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy. She is a Buti Yoga and 200-RYT Certified Yoga Instructor.


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