The phrase “Lunk alarm” was made up by the insecure people who run the establishment/gym called Planet Fitness. It is used to identify a certain type of people who attend gyms quite frequently and love to show off, do loud grunts and drop weights.
The phrase also enforces “judgment-free” gyms as they don’t want a certain type of people who they deem as “Lunks” in the facility, because “the people don’t want to be intimidated” by the fit and bodybuilder gym goers. They have installed a deafening 110db tornado siren in the gym to punish the people they call lunks, thus creating the phrase “Lunk alarm”.
Origin of the term
The phrase “Lunk alarm” originates from Planet Fitness gyms, where they tried to create a “safe space” for people who don’t regularly go to the gym or are intimidated by “lunks” who are also referred to as “Gym rats”.
Spread of the term
The first known mention of such a situation, but not using a “Lunk alarm” was in 2006, when a man was told by the local manager of Planet fitness, that he would have to leave the premises now and that his membership is going to be cancelled at the front desk.
It was also used as a marketing tactic, creating different mock advertisements, where in under give circumstances, the “Lunk alarm” would go off, reminding a person that he is not welcome in their establishment. These advertisements made their way to YouTube, thus the internet jumped on the bandwagon to mock them for such extreme and ridiculous actions.