With gym rats prepping their bods for warmer weather, even SUVs are hitting the gym.
At least that's what happened at a Planet Fitness in South Philadelphia on Sunday night when gym goers were shocked after hearing what they initially thought was an explosion.
According to NBC News, a driver of an SUV plowed into the Planet Fitness location in the Quartermaster Plaza shopping center near South 23rd Street and Oregon Avenue around 9:30 pm.
Miraculously, none of the approximately 20-30 people inside the facility were injured.
You can watch the CBS Philly news report of the off-roading incident here.
Witnesses who narrowly escaped the collision instantly shared footage from the wreckage with knocked-over gym equipment and shattered glass.
So we all had to leave planet fitness onto the next https://t.co/mULVyGxoBh— BRI (@BRI)1582513577.0
A jeep really drove into planet fitness while we we working out 😭 https://t.co/dKxV5mcjli— Kate (@Kate)1582512123.0
😭 farewell dumb bells https://t.co/PRKDhmGWkp— BRI (@BRI)1582522030.0
Customer Kaytylin Meeler told the news outlet:
"We saw the smoke coming from the back, walked up to the back and seen all the weights on the floor, the window shattered, the car inside the building."
@kaytylinann see, this is why I don’t go to the gym— cleopatra jones. (@cleopatra jones.)1582594050.0
Another customer, Sal Liciardello, told CBS Philly:
"All the dumbbells fell, all the free wights. So, you hear boom, boom, boom, boom, boom and smoke."
Gym goers noticed that the woman—who was reportedly in her 40s—had been driving erratically by a nearby Wendy's before losing control and slamming into the building.
@briilm 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/r7KzqmI89g— K 🧞♀️ (@K 🧞♀️)1582572847.0
"People went over to her and asked her how she was. She wasn't responding very well but she was OK, at least physically, like breathing and in that way."
"When the police came, they just literally loaded her up, put a neck brace on and rolled her out to the ambulance."
Eyewitness Briana Meelee added:
"People were checking on her but she really didn't say anything, she was just sitting there staring."
The woman was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Gym goers either counted their blessings or missed seizing an opportunity.
@SDELL0 The first thing I'd have done is lay down and be all "My back, my neck. Ouch. I'm hit"— 🄺🄰🄼 (@🄺🄰🄼)1582589574.0
@kaytylinann Waiting on my lawyer to come so I could get that check 😂😂 https://t.co/k5MWPmwScU— Nuu 😼💦 (@Nuu 😼💦)1582543209.0
@kaytylinann I’m laying down and making sure I’m hurt while my lawyer is on speaker phone— JAM (@JAM)1582556379.0
@kaytylinann Imagine doing dumbbell curls and getting blindsided by a Jeep. 🤯🤦🏾♂️— Da Kid Gowie (@Da Kid Gowie)1582527359.0
People also wondered if the gym's iconic "lunk alarm"—which sounds off when it detects someone obnoxiously dropping their dumbbells on the gym floor—blared in the wake of the SUV's dramatic entrance.
@kaytylinann https://t.co/1PIld8RCBt— x-Rob S. (@x-Rob S.)1582520932.0
@kaytylinann Would be a good time to ring the lunk alarm— Boston Knick (@Boston Knick)1582575434.0
@SDELL0 Man I accidentally dropped a dumbbell once and they hit the “lunk alarm”. I’m hoping the @PlanetFitness des… https://t.co/pdjw6NOejP— Ricky “Silver Fox” Lee (@Ricky “Silver Fox” Lee)1582592697.0
@kaytylinann Did the truck get kicked out for slamming the weights tho?— Caribbean Viking (@Caribbean Viking)1582609142.0
@kaytylinann I wonder how many pounds was lost running from the truck 😂😂— soufwestran42 (@soufwestran42)1582557618.0
This user reminded people of the gym's famous mantra.
@kaytylinann Hey, this is a judgement free zone.— ⚾️ (@⚾️)1582565710.0
@kaytylinann Did the lunk alarm sound? For real though, good thing it went into a judgement free zone— Mi Ⓚe P. (@Mi Ⓚe P.)1582557646.0
There was one burning question.
@SDELL0 One question. How???— T_Meister (@T_Meister)1582518089.0
@Te_meister Not even sure there's a big curb outside. Had to be going pretty fast to jump It and cause that damage.— Sal (@Sal)1582518386.0
@CoreyDavis6abc @6abc It went over the curb, all through the grass lawn and crashed through the glass wall, she was… https://t.co/Ha8W4GDYIo— #PresidentBernieSanders🧢 (@#PresidentBernieSanders🧢)1582586768.0
@CoreyDavis6abc @6abc I’m glad no one was hurt, and I get that accidents happen, but how do you screw up this badly?— Nux (@Nux)1582605385.0
@DaKidGowie @kaytylinann https://t.co/RsqwpoPKjX— zincink (@zincink)1582610402.0
@CoreyDavis6abc @6abc Someone just lost their auto insurance. Next time put the phone down.— Planet Earth, No Plan B (@Planet Earth, No Plan B)1582609763.0
Planet Fitness Senior Public Relations Manager Becky Zirlen said the fitness franchise is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
"The local Planet Fitness franchisee is actively working with the Philadelphia authorities in their investigation of this unfortunate accident and we are grateful to the local first responders who provided immediate assistance."
It could have been a lot worse.
@OoohLaLaAndrea The gym was pretty dead bc it was a Sunday night there might’ve been a few people back there but if… https://t.co/Sjm3slp85W— Kate (@Kate)1582532640.0
The facility, which usually operates 24 hours, was closed overnight as crews cleaned up the horrific scene before reopening the following morning.