SALT LAKE CITY (KTVX/CNN/Meredith) -- With the words “24-hour” in the name of a fitness center, one would think it would be open 24-7. But a Utah man found out the hard way that isn’t always the case.
By day, Dan Hill is an animation teacher at Paper Plane Learning. But by night, he’s working out at the gym.
Finishing up his swim at 24-Hour Fitness in Sandy, Utah late Saturday night, Dan went to leave, but found out he couldn’t.
"I went to the front door and wait. This is locked," he said.
After making some phone calls to friends and family for some advice on what to do, Dan called 911.
"So, I called dispatch and the guy pauses for like 10 seconds and says ‘you're where?’,” he said. “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."
In the meantime, he posted on Facebook saying “I am literally locked inside 24-Hour Fitness right now. They closed the doors and went home while I was swimming laps in the pool.”
"I just thought it was kinda funny at the start,” Dan said. “You know, it was kinda like ‘Home Alone’ Like oh my gosh. I have this gym to myself."
Spending more than an hour inside what Dan thought was a 24-hour gym, he posted a photo to Facebook with a caption which said “Free at last! Free at last! Thanks to three nice cops I am free at last.”
The gym’s manager said the company changed hours at some locations nationwide last month.
Dan said he didn’t think his experience would go viral and that it’s a funny memory he won’t forget anytime soon.