Who is Justin Thacker?


Founder of The Lab for Human Performance and Preventative Health. 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

RELEVANT HONORS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS LIFTS (all lifetime drug free lifts!!!):
Snatch: 142.5 kg (313.5 lbs)
Clean and Jerk: 180 kg (396lbs)
Deadlift (sumo): 405 lbs x 19 reps at 181 lb bodyweight
Deadlift (clean grip): 625 x 1 at 190 lb bodyweight
Straight Legged Deadlift: 500 lbs x 5 reps at 195 lb bodyweight
Clean and Jerk (training): 390.5 lbs at 187 lb bodyweight
Snatch (competition): 297lbs at 187 lb bodyweight
Power Squat: 550 lbs at 181 lb bodyweight (knee wraps and belt)
Olympic Squat: 550x 1 @ 200lbs, 462 x 5 reps at 187 lb bodyweight (no belt, no wraps, no suit)
1/4 Squat: 980 @ 187lbs
Log Press: 300 x 1 @ 200lbs
Stone Load: 330 @ 200lbs
Bench Press: 1 Million Pounds!
Front Squat: 440x 1 @ 200 lbs, 418 lbs x 2 reps at 187 lbs


  • Have competed in over 100 Olympic Weightlifting, Strongman, & Powerlifting competitions since the mid 1990s.
  • Olympic Weightlifting National & International Resume: National level competitor since 1998.  Earned over 30 National & International medals.
    • 2010 Silver medalist at National Championships in the 94kg Class (Snatch-Silver, C&J-Bronze, Total-Silver)
    • 2007 Collegiate Nationals Bronze (total)
    • 2007 Arnold Classic Weightlifting, Championships 85 kg Bronze medalist
    • 2005 Collegiate Nationals Silver Medalist (total), Bronze (snatch), Silver (clean & jerk)
    • 2004 Collegiate All-American
    • 2005 Arnold Classic Weightlifting Championships 85 kg Gold medalist
    • 2004 Collegiate Nationals Silver (snatch), Silver (clean & jerk), Bronze (total)
    • 2004 23 & Under Championships Silver (clean and jerk)
    • 2003 American Open Silver (total), Bronze (snatch), Gold (clean & jerk)
    • 2004 Silver medalist at Collegiate Nationals(total)
    • 2003 Missouri Valley Collegiate male lifter of the year
    • 2003 Bronze medalist at Collegiate Nationals(total)
    • 2003 Bronze medalist at 23 & Under National Championships (total)
    • 2002 American Open Silver medalist (total), Silver (snatch), Silver (clean & jerk)
    • 2002 Bronze medalist at the U.S. Nationals (total)
    • 2001 Bronze medalist at the U.S. Nationals 2001 (total)
    • 2001 (1) Silver and (2) Bronze medalist at Junior Pan Am Games
    • 2001 USA Junior National Champion, Gold (snatch), Gold (clean & jerk), Gold (total)
    • 2000 AAU Junior Olympics Silver Medalist
    • 1999 AAU Junior Olympic National Champion
    • 1998 AAU Junior Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • Junior National & Junior Olympic National champion
  • National Teams: USA team member for the Guatemala Cup in Guatemala, USA team member for the Criollo Cup in Puerto Rico, Junior Pan AM Team
  • Olympic Trials Qualifier 2004
  • Personal coaches: Pat Hayes, Derrick Crass (84, 88 Olympian), Dr. Mike Wittmer, Istvan Javorek
  • Strongman & Powerlifting: Side hobbies;)
  • 20011: 7th at North American Strongman National Championships
  • 20010: 7th at North American Strongman National Championships
  • 2009: 4th at North American Strongman National Championships
  • 2010: 1st Place Kansas Strongest man
  • 2009: 1st Place Monsters of the Midwest
  • 2009: 3rd Place-Hope for the Holidays
  • 2009: 2nd place Illinois Ultimate Strength Series
  • 1999: USAPL Illinois State Champion & Overall Best Lifter
  • Relevant Coaching Accomplishments:
  • 2010 American Open
  • 2011 National Championships
  • 2011 American Open
  • 2012 American Open
  • 2012 National Championships
  • Crossfit Games 2012
  • Outlaw Games 2012
  • 2013 USAPL Raw Nationals
  • 2013 National Championships

Nutritional counseling experiences range from weight management, many clinical
settings such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, celiac disease,
hepatobiliary, and various settings ranging from WIC, corporate wellness,
bodybuilding, weightlifting, powerlifting and many other focuses in sports

Training experiences range from mixed martial artists, minor league/collegiate
baseball, minor league and collegiate hockey, college basketball, collegiate/super
league rugby, Olympic weightlifters, bodybuilders, power-lifters, strongman
competitors, figure competitors, Crossfit Games competitors, military personnel, and figure/swimsuit models.