Man survives after car crashes into fitness studio

A California man is lucky to be alive after a car came crashing through his gym during a workout.

Just before 6am a red Mercedes SUV came crashing through the gym in Culver City as Samuel Kiwasz was running on the treadmill.

The 67-year-old retired teacher was thrown to the ground covered in broken glass. The gym's manager rushed to rescue his client.

"I got thrown back and I could see the treadmill coming at me and I was afraid of being crushed," Kiwasz told Inside Edition.

"When you go through something like that, you learn that life is a gift and to cherish every moment," he added while talking to KTLA Los Angeles. "I guess it wasn't my time."