The heavier you go, their theory seems to suggest, the more likely you are to be a lunk. But it works for their marketing and it makes things much more black and white for the gym staff.
Its also arguable that the term lunk in Planet Fitness eyes is really a code-name for bodybuilder a clientele they clearly do not cater to, even if those bodybuilders are polite in the gym (which, believe it or not, they often are.) Indeed, the gym deliberately limits its free-weight equipment to deter bodybuilders from joining the fitness center.
Planet Fitness, based in Dover, New Hampshire, is one of the fastest growing fitness chains in the country, with new locations sprouting up every day.
In 2006, Planet Fitness acquired Joe Golds (of Golds Gymfame) World Gym franchise, which certainly jumpstarted their recent expansion.
Before we go any further, however, a quick disclosure.
Im currently a member of the Northville, Michigan, Planet Fitness.
The Lunk Alarm and the Planet Fitness practice of revoking memberships of people who violate the gyms code of behavior hasnt come without its share of controversy.Emphasize machines over free weights, and enforce a code-of-conduct among members that discourages some of the more intimidating behavior you might find in a more hardcore gym. Heres what you should expect to find at the typical Planet Fitness gym: In theory, many of their policies make sense.The cell phone usage policy is one that I wish more gyms would embrace, since there is nothing more obnoxious than listening to someone blather on about their colonoscopy at the treadmill next to you or pace around the free weight room on their Nextel talking to their girlfriend.It clearly has been a great marketing gimmick for the Planet Fitness franchise, and even the negative publicity it has garnered for them seems to help them further position their gym as a place for regular people.Despite the lack of amenities that more upscale gyms and health clubs offer, the Planet Fitness facilities themselves are generally clean and well-maintained.