The Lab Gym: Review

The Lab Gym


I’ve trained in a lot of gyms over the years but The Lab is not your ordinary fitness club. I wouldn’t even call it a “fitness club”, that makes it sound spandex and neony, of which it most certainly is not!  It is a one-stop, hard-core sports performance and preventative health center. The Lab has some of the St. Louis area’s best Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists, Registered Dietitians and Massage Therapists.  The Thacker brothers Justin and Chris have gone to great lengths to assemble a team to really address any type of client’s needs.  Time and attention are spent to match each person or group with the best trainer to meet their physical and mental needs. 

I can tell you this, after 20 months of training at The Lab, I am stronger and more fit than I have been in over a decade.  Whatever your goals, you are GUARANTEED to reach them here.  This isn’t a walk-in, pay-a-daily-fee type gym, this one you have to join.  But the memberships packages are wide and varied to meet your needs, even online training.  Very cool. 

And it’s not just powerlifting and crossfit.  No.  If you want to be a strongman, they can train you. Olympic powerlifter? Got trainers for that, too. Endurance athlete? …easy peasy. They can design programs to reach those goals.  Do you just want to lose fat?  The Lab gym has one of the best programs in the Midwest to shed that fat and put on lean muscle. 

There is equipment for everyone goal, machines, free weights, plenty of squat racks (can you have too many squat racks?), cardio room with treadmills, elliptical machines, bikes…you name it. 

The staff is accessible, they are friendly and helpful, and the knowledge in this building is second to none.

SO. Who is Justin Thacker?

He is the founder of The Lab Gym. His passion
is helping others live happy and fulfilled lifestyles by implementing nutrition,
psychology, and exercise as part of a balanced lifestyle. Justin believes
that prevention is the best medicine and urges you to let diet and exercise be your pill.

Registered Dietitian/Licensed Dietitian
Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Physical Performance
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
ACSM Certified Health Fitness Instructor
USA Weightlifting Level 2
NASM CES Corrective Exercise Specialist
Biosignature Level 2 Practitioner
Crossfit Level 1 Certified
Parillo Performance Certified Personal Trainer
Over 30,000 hours working in the field since 1999 & HUNDREDS of success stories!

Saint Louis University, St, Louis, MO
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Masters in Nutrition and Physical Performance

That’s just one person!!!!  Wait, there’s more…

Who is Chris Thacker?

Justin’s partner in crime (since birth) and older brother. Chris Thacker runs the business side of The Lab Gym.  

Chris is the ultimate matchmaker as he meets with perspective clients, reviews the health histories and strives to pair each new client with a trainer to form the winning Dream Team. It is his ability to assess people and put them in the right training partnership that makes everything so successful.  He is a big powerlifter, kind of intimidating at first, but his demeanor and friendly personality put you at ease right away. 

Then there are all the trainers.  They are world class.  No feel-good chit chat with these folks.  It’s real, honest feedback to help you achieve your goals.  When I told my trainer I thought I was going to die, he said, “I know, two more reps!”  They want you to reach your goals despite your best efforts to thwart them at times!.  So if you want the best training you can get in the St. Louis area then you need to get over to The Lab and find Chris.  It’s the best first step you can take to a healthier, fitter you!

Located at:

5035 Manchester Ave. | St. Louis, MO





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