LAYTON -- Private gym owners and police said the recent attack on a woman inside a gym is unusual. "We're very fortunate this type of thing is not the norm," said Patrick Strait, communications manager with the corporate office of Snap Fitness.
Police said Randy Jess Inman, 25, of Layton attacked a woman on Monday inside Snap Fitness at 781 E. Gordon Ave. The woman had gone to the gym at 4:30 a.m. and the two were the only ones inside the gym.
The woman fought him off as he tried to drag her into a bathroom and escaped, police said.
Both had key cards that allowed them in the gym even when it's not staffed.
Inman is currently being held in the Davis County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bail. He is charged with first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping.
Snap Fitness, like other private gyms, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Clients like the convenience of having a gym available that fits their schedule, Strait said.
Each franchise owner chooses when to have staff on the premises and the clients know that the gym is not staffed every single hour, Strait said.
But there are safety measures in place, he said.
Snap Fitness has 1,300 locations worldwide with eight gyms in Utah, including in Layton, North Ogden and Syracuse.
Members pay a fee and receive a key card. To enter a gym they must swipe the key card to get inside, Strait said.
That key card provides information to the owner and security about whose card was used to enter the building and what time.
Also, the gyms have security cameras in place and the owners can watch from a laptop what is happening inside the gym, Strait said.
Panic buttons are on the walls in case a patron needs help, Strait said.
Also, most fitness clubs offer lanyards with panic buttons for patrons to carry with them while at the gym, he said.
Those are usually located at the entrance and the patron just has to return them when they leave.
But the biggest key, Strait said, is "to be aware of your surroundings."
Strait said the security measures Snap Fitness had in place in the Layton facility worked because the staff, the victim and police were able to quickly identify the man who attacked the woman.
Layton Police Lt. Garret Atkin said this type of attack is the first of its kind in his memory to happen at a private gym in the area.
Atkin, who has used a 24-7 gym, said a person who goes to a gym should never let their guard down.
"If anything makes you uncomfortable, then maybe it's time to rethink when you're going to be there," Atkin said.
Atkin said bringing a partner is not only a good way to keep motivated in working out, but it also works as a protection.
But if a partner isn't available, it's a good idea to keep a cell phone close by and to let a family member or friend know where you are and when you expect to return home or to work, he said.
Even though music makes working out easier, wearing headphones limits what a person can hear when running on a treadmill or jogging outside, Atkin said.
"I would just recommend you don't wear headphones," he said.