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Zest and Progress

Zest and Progress

By Leah Clapper
Bringing you fun, unfiltered motivation plus refreshing conversations with athletes and other uplifting individuals.

The purpose: energize you to create positive change in your own life and the world around you. Let's zest it up!
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Gabby Wilson | Competing With Gratitude
University of Michigan gymnast Gabby Wilson sits down to recap the (crazy!) 2021 season and how it felt to win the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP with her teammates. On top of being a stellar all-around gymnast and the 2021 Big10 floor champion, Gabby has so much positivity and wisdom to share with athletes everywhere. We chat motivation, the gymternet, the importance of knowing yourself, and so much more. CONNECT on Instagram @gabb5y @leahclapper5 YOUTUBE: The Gablife
May 7, 2021
Ellie Lazzari | Creating Confidence
Gator gymnast Ellie Lazzari has already accomplished huge feats as a freshman, including earning athletic All-American honors, winning beam at the SEC Championships, and helping the Gators secure the regular season SEC conference title. On this episode, Ellie reflects on her freshman year so far, discusses keeping a strong mindset through difficult times, and talks about finding true confidence in herself. CONNECT on Instagram: @ellielazzari10 @leahclapper5 Rate and review the podcast here!
March 27, 2021
Alyssa Baumann | Persistence Pays Off
Gator gymnast Alyssa Baumann recaps the monumental night she competed (and won!) bars for the first time in college, claiming both the bar title and the all-around title. She chats about what keeps her motivated, her favorite moments from college gymnastics so far, and what she is most looking forward to in the rest of the 2021 season. Alyssa is currently a 5-time All-American, 2-time SEC beam champion, and an insanely determined athlete. CONNECT on Instagram: @alyssa­_baumann @leahclapper5
February 24, 2021
Maximizing Performance Through Nutrition | Blaire Wolski, MS RD LD
On this episode, Leah talks with UF performance dietician Blaire Wolski to answer your burning sports nutrition questions. We cover how to maximize performance by fueling well, the best foods for recovery, figuring out what works best for you, and lots more! For recipe inspiration, check out Leah’s personal food blog! Instagram: @zestandfinesse Disclosure: Nutrition research is always being updated, and everyone has their own food opinions! The advice given in this episode is based on current, well-substantiated research and is meant to guide athletes in general. If you are concerned about your personal diet, consider reaching out to a dietician!
February 7, 2021
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf | Chomping Challenges with Faith and Confidence
Feel like giving in? This episode with Gator gymnast Sydney Johnson-Scharpf will help you change your mind. She shares how she has gotten past tough challenges by channeling faith and self-confidence. Sydney also talks pre-meet rituals, excitement for this season, mindset shifts, art, and lots more. Listen and be inspired! CONNECT @sydney_johnsonscharpf on Instagram Sydney's YouTube Channel Click to RATE AND REVIEW - thanks so much in advance!
January 24, 2021
Trinity Thomas | Looking Forward + Feeling Blessed
2020 SEC Gymnast of the Year Trinity Thomas sits down to discuss her excitement for this upcoming collegiate season, her decision to train for the Tokyo Olympics, and even that one time she retrieved an exercise ball from the ceiling. She is an expert at making the most of each opportunity, and she gives compassionate advice for anyone looking to stay determined through tough times. CONNECT on Instagram @gymtrin @leahclapper5
January 10, 2021
Megan Skaggs | Energy, Happiness, and Grit
Leah sits down with Gator gymnast Megan Skaggs to talk about everything from her goals for the upcoming season and what motivates her to crazy gymnastics stories and even cats. Skaggs discusses investing energy to stay happy and true to herself while being 100% committed to team success. Plus, she offers up some great advice for athletes of any kind. CONNECT on Instagram @megan_skaggs @leahclapper5
January 2, 2021
Amelia Hundley | Uplifting Others + Enjoying the Grind
On this feel-good episode, Leah talks with Amelia Hundley about growing up in the world of elite gymnastics, spreading joy as a Gator gymnast, and taking on her new role as a coach. Her passion for uplifting others shines bright alongside her energetic personality. CONNECT on Instagram @ahundley2016 @leahclapper5
December 31, 2020
Mini | Skydiving + Taking Big Leaps
Starting something new has a lot in common with jumping out of a plane. For this mini-episode, I relive an amazing experience skydiving and talk about taking big leaps in life. CONNECT @leahclapper5
December 20, 2020
Savannah Schoenherr | Being Authentic and Having Fun
Gator gymnast Savannah Schoenherr takes pride in spreading energy and laughs. On this episode, Leah chats with Savannah about her gymnastics journey, her experience as a collegiate athlete, and how she has found greater happiness by showing her full, authentic self. CONNECT on Instagram @sav.fs @leahclapper5
December 17, 2020
Introducing Zest and Progress with Leah Clapper
Welcome to the community! Here is a quick introduction to the podcast and your host - me - Leah Clapper. Today, I am a student-athlete at University of Florida excited to spread motivation and share uplifting conversations. Let's do this! CONNECT @leahclapper5 on Instagram FOOD BLOG @zestandfinesse
December 15, 2020