12 episodes

Uncovering athletes’ stories of resilience, energy, and self-confidence. Hosted by University of Florida gymnast Leah Clapper. Bringing you unfiltered motivation and refreshing conversations.

Let's zest it up!

Zest and Progress Leah Clapper

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    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

Uncovering athletes’ stories of resilience, energy, and self-confidence. Hosted by University of Florida gymnast Leah Clapper. Bringing you unfiltered motivation and refreshing conversations.

Let's zest it up!

    Jeremy Miranda | Finding Flow

    Jeremy Miranda | Finding Flow

    Jeremy James Miranda has been the volunteer assistant coach and choreographer for the University of Florida gymnastics team for 14 seasons. He is a professional dancer, former elite gymnast, and incredible person. He has performed on Broadway, cruise lines, television shows, and more, and he takes care of the magical Disney shows in Orlando.

    Jeremy discusses growing up in the gym, dancing in NYC, and so much more. Plus, he offers a glimpse into his creative process for crafting unique floor routines.

    CONNECT

    https://www.jeremyjamesmiranda.com/

    @jeremyjamesmiranda on Instagram and Facebook

    @wilwheaten (Jeremy’s doggo)


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    • 46 min
    Gabby Wilson | Competing With Gratitude

    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


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    • 34 min
    Ellie Lazzari | Creating Confidence

    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!


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    • 22 min
    Alyssa Baumann | Persistence Pays Off

    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


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    • 12 min
    Maximizing Performance Through Nutrition | Blaire Wolski, MS RD LD

    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!

    https://www.zestandfinesse.com/z&f/

    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!


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    • 28 min
    Sydney Johnson-Scharpf | Chomping Challenges with Faith and Confidence

    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!




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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

charliefields ,

Fun and inspiring!

When I heard that Leah Clapper had a podcast, I was interested to listen. I am a fan of her gymnastics and also Florida gymnastics, and it's rare that current gymnasts make their own content like this. I had a feeling it would be good, and it is! The interviews are special because of Leah's unique perspective as a competing gymnast and her relationships with her guests. The conversations seem real and vulnerable. I also appreciate that they move quickly. I'm excited to keep listening!

samdancer8 ,

Must listen for gymnastics fans!

Leah is great interviewer who prompts her guests with interesting questions! You will learn new things about your favorite Gator gymnasts and hear their insights on training and competing. Congrats on a great show, Leah!

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