Man gets shock of a lifetime while working out at '24-hour' gym: 'Doesn't the name suggest?'

Staff writer

One man's gym used an unconventional method to push him to continue his workout when it literally locked him inside the facility as he squeezed in a late-night session.

Dan Hill was swimming laps at a 24 Hour Fitness in Sandy, Utah, around midnight on Jan. 12 when employees at the supposed 24-hour facility locked up shop, allowing the oblivious gym-goer to continue his workout all by his lonesome.

Hill said he slowly began to realise what had happened after getting out of the pool to discover a completely empty gym.

Baffled by the apparent employee error, the stranded customer walked around the gym to try and find a way out but only discovered an emergency exit that was armed with alarms, he explained to KTVX.

Hill decided to call the Sandy Police Department for assistance, concerned that authorities would mistakenly believe he was breaking in if he tripped the security system.

"I called dispatch and the guy pauses for like 10 seconds and says, 'You're where?'" Hill told the station. "And I said, 'I'm in 24 Hour Fitness, and there's an alarm system here and I don't want to get busted for breaking and entering.'"

Once he knew help was on the way, Hill started having fun with his unusual circumstance, taking a series of empty gym selfies and sharing them on Facebook. His post has since been shared more than 13,000 times and racked up over 33,000 reactions.

"I am literally locked inside 24 hour fitness right now," he wrote. "They closed the doors and went home while I was swimming my laps in the pool. Doesn't the name suggests [sic] that they stay open 24 hours?"

"I called my wife, she said find a comfortable place to sleep," he added.

Police arrived to rescue Hill after he had spent more than an hour alone in the gym.

He later took to Facebook to share a photo with himself and his saviours, captioning it, "Free at last! Free at last! Thanks to three nice cops I am free at last."

Reflecting on his ordeal, Hill described the incident as comical and compared his situation to the movie Home Alone.