Talayna is a physical therapist and CrossFit athlete. She was a college gymnast and heptathlete. Originally from Tennessee, she now lives in Naples, Florida. She was sponsored by Reebok, Kill Cliff, RSP Nutrition, and CrossOver Symmetry. She recently completed a clinical doctorate in physical therapy.
Some of the topics we discussed included:
How did you get started in sports?
Tell us about transitioning from gymnastics to the heptathlon.
When and how did you get involved with CrossFit?
What drew you to Crossfit?
What are some of the highlights competing in CrossFit?
What were/are your maxes?
Most of our group members (and probably listeners) are amateur athletes/lifters. What was is it like being a sponsored athlete? Do you have an agent? Did they approach you? What catches were there? Is it worth it?
How do you picture your future in sports/fitness?
Talk to us about CrossFit and safety and being a physical therapist. Some people are definitely biased against CrossFit, and it has a reputation of being an activity where people push themselves past healthy limits.
From a PT perspective, what advice do you have for weekend warriors or amateur lifters who do something like strain their back or experience some other injury?
It seems sometimes like medical professionals do whatever they can to keep injured athletes away from their sport. How can medical professionals do a better job of getting us back to full activity?
There seems to be controversy over various modes of injury rehab (ice vs heat)? Where do you stand on the ice vs heat controversy?