Larry Howard II, 31, is not your average athlete. His favorite exercise includes jumping through flaming hoops, throwing spears and crawling under barbed wire fences. As an extreme athlete, he continues to compete and win awards at the Spartan Races, a series of obstacle races ranging from three miles to marathon distances and varying in level of difficulty.

This form of intense competition has left him with multiple injuries to his shoulders, knees and elbows. Recently, after an injury, Howard was desperate to recover before taking on his next challenge. That’s when a colleague introduced him to physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Liz Yerly, owner and founder of the Chicago Recovery Room.

The Chicago Recovery Room, located in the heart of the South Loop at 1131 S. State Street, offers athletes a variety of proven therapies, including compression boots that enhance the movement of fluid and metabolites away from the limbs and toward the heart, a 50-60°F cold bath to remove lactic acid build-up and swelling, cold laser therapy that sends small electrical currents to the body’s fatigued cells and Graston therapy that incorporates a specially-designed metal instrument to massage soft-tissue. In addition to recovery tools, the Chicago Recovery Room athletic training staff also provides recovery education, training and massage therapy.

What impresses Howard the most about the Chicago Recovery Room is Liz’s and the rest of her staff’s dedication and commitment to member athletes.

“The Chicago Recovery Room staff understands my level of athleticism and how important extreme competitions are to me,” he explains. “My frequent visits to the Chicago Recovery Room not only assisted in my recovery between workouts, but also helped me improve my Spartan Race rankings. It’s more than just a place to recover; it’s become a community for Chicago’s elite athletes.”
The Chicago Recovery Room has also helped Howard stay in top physical shape, which has also allowed him to place in various Men’s Physique Competitions. In these competitions, competitors are judged by their muscularity and body condition, as well as stage presence.

Athletes of all levels interested in boosting their performance, are invited to experience a 30-minute tune-up, drop-in sessions, monthly memberships and yearly memberships. Drop-in hours for members are available seven days a week.

The Chicago Recovery Room is located at 1131 S. State St, Chicago. Drop-in hours for members are: Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open drop in hours for non-members are: Monday-Thursday: 3:30 – 8 p.m., Friday: 3:30-6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To request an appointment, call 312-952-1404 or schedule an appointment online: http://www.chicagorecoveryroom.com/#!contact/c2q4.

Larry Howard II, Extreme Athlete Recovers and Wins
Kristin Zajac, 29, of Chicago, is an avid runner and marathoner who believes in the power of proper recovery in order to stay in shape for the races she loves. Currently, she is training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th, which is one of two marathons she typically runs each year.

As part of her training, Kristin has been running other area races, including the North Face Endurance Challenge near Menomonee Falls, WI which she will run in September. She also does long training runs about five times a week and uses the Chicago Recovery Room to help recover between workouts.

Kristin first learned about the Chicago Recovery Room while observing a demonstration at Fleet Feet Sports where she works. She decided to give it a try and appreciated the way that the Chicago Recovery Room athletic trainers educated her about injury prevention and how to work out and train properly. She continues to appreciate how they care about her and applaud all the Chicago Recovery Room athletes for their accomplishments – no matter how small.

She also likes how the Chicago Recovery Room has helped her recover more quickly from injuries. While she regularly uses the compression boots and ice bath, she often takes advantage of the 30-minute tune-ups. She sees these tools as both injury treatment and prevention techniques.

The Chicago Recovery Room is located at 1131 S. State St, Chicago. Drop-in hours for members are: Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open drop in hours for non-members are: Monday-Thursday: 3:30 – 8 p.m., Friday: 3:30 – 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To request an appointment, call 312-952-1404 or schedule an appointment online: http://www.chicagorecoveryroom.com..

Kristin Zajac, Marathon Running and Recovery
Carducci, 31, of Chicago, grew up playing soccer, basketball and running cross country and track. She has been athletic and active for as long as she can remember.

Today, she credits the Chicago Recovery Room for her success as a marathon runner. Typically, she trains by running 30-40 miles a week and says thanks to the Chicago Recovery Room, she is able to have higher quality workouts and less lingering soreness. In addition, Caitlyn has shaved 30 minutes off her personal record time — a feat she says was accomplished with the help of the Chicago Recovery Room athletic trainers.

Caitlin first started using the Chicago Recovery Room after walking past its first location on Michigan Avenue. She dropped in one day and learned about the tools and services if offers to athletes of all levels. A regular user now, she has a customized routine which starts out with using a foam roller for soft tissue massage, followed by compression boots and ending with her personal favorite: the ice bath.

Currently, Caitlin is training for the CNO Financial Group Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 5 and considers consistent visits to the Chicago Recovery Room an essential part of her preparation.

The Chicago Recovery Room is located at 1131 S. State St, Chicago. Drop-in hours for members are: Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open drop in hours for non-members are: Monday-Thursday: 3:30 – 8 p.m., Friday: 3:30 – 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To request an appointment, call 312-952-1404 or schedule an appointment online: http://www.chicagorecoveryroom.com/#!contact/c2q4.

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