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Woman gets stuck upside down in the gym, uses smartwatch to call 911

Woman gets stuck upside down in the gym, uses smartwatch to call 911

After becoming trapped in the exercise equipment in a gym, a woman from Ohio in the United States had to make a humiliating 911 call. Around 3 a.m., Christine Faulds exercised on the inversion table at the 24-hour Powerhouse Gym in Berea. The body is suspended upside down on an inversion table to help stretch the spine and ease back discomfort. According to reports, she recorded herself while exercising. Later, when Christine became locked in the gym equipment, her workout flopped. Ms. Faulds could not change positions because her ankles were locked into the inversion table.  

She instantly dialed 911 on her watch while setting up her phone to take a video of herself. Christine calls Jason, a man who was exercising at the same gym, in the now-viral video, but Jason cannot hear her because of the loud music.

In the video, Ms. Faulds can be seen trying to lift herself up but to no avail. The woman after being stuck for five-six minutes decided to call 911 from her smartwatch. She told the officer on call, “Hi, I couldn’t look up the non-emergency number. There’s only one other person at the gym and I got stuck in this you know that backboard thing that flips back?”

She further added, “I wish there were more people in the gym right now, but I’m stuck in this reverse back decompression thing. I don’t know, I just can’t get anyone’s attention at the gym. I’m just stuck upside down and I cannot get myself right side up.”

A police officer showed up a little while later to assist Christine and remove her from the machine. The exercise enthusiast wasn’t hurt in the process. 

In the comment section, some people gave cautionary advice about using such a machine.

“I’m glad she’s ok and was a good sport about this, but in all seriousness that apparatus should only be used with a spotter for safety”, a user commented.

Some people even mentioned how risky inversion tables are.

A person wrote, “Someone gave my husband one of these and they’re very dangerous. We ended up scrapping it.”

She said that the ordeal lasted for around 12 minutes and left her with a headache and a slightly fuzzy feeling.

Inversion therapy, which is helpful in extending the spine and relieving back pain, is performed on inversion tables. People who suffer from sciatica, poor circulation, persistent lower back pain, and scoliosis benefit from inversion therapy.

Exercises in inversion can assist the spine in removing waste, reducing inflammation, and producing more disc-protective fluid.

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