By Pam Harnden, Livermore Falls Advertiser
WILTON – Cyra Morrill, who opened The Studio in the Bass-Wilson Building on March 1, 2017, is a proponent of health and fitness, small businesses and her community.
Morrill, who moved to Wilton six years ago, worked at gyms for 20 years while teaching at private schools. She wanted a career change, so two years ago she obtained her personal trainer’s certificate.
About a year ago, she was working at one of Randy Cousineau’s gyms and looking for a place for people to gather. Two weeks later, she signed a lease for a small space at the former Bass shoe factory at 284 Main St.
In August, The Studio expanded to 660 square feet. Vern Martin, who operates Komodos Striking Academy, now holds youth and adult kempo karate classes there.
Morrill offers a variety of programs. Classes are $5 each. She can provide one-on-one sessions and semi-private or family options. She provides personal training at reasonable rates.
“Health and fitness should be something everyone can afford,” she said. “The Studio is not just for women. I have mothers with their daughter, husbands and wives and brothers and sisters.”
Morrill said a lot of equipment is not needed to become fit.
Her motto is, “You Do You.”
“You know your limits. You do your best at your level,” Morrill said. “You’re here to compete with yourself only. I’m here to push that little bit extra.”
Morrill is active in the community. A team from The Studio, for example, participated in the Color Run fundraiser for United Way of the Tri-Valley Area.
For a squat challenge, Life’s Perks Coffee Company partnered with her and matched Morrill’s prize for the winner.
Last summer, a group from The Studio marched in the Wilton Blueberry Festival parade. One participant dressed as a giant sneaker. The New Balance mascot caught the kids’ attention, Morrill said.
“Any time I can, I try to remind others that no one is on this journey by themselves,” she said. “Health and fitness is external and internal. There’s a lot of praise given around here. The hardest thing is to walk through those doors. No one is ever excluded.”
This month, Morrill is holding a “You Do You” challenge that focuses on the internal. Participants are asked to post daily what that phrase means to them at that time.
“It can be giving flowers to someone, sharing coffee or changing a hair style,” she said.
Everyone at The Studio has become a team, a family, according to Morrill, who says she is humbled by the support she has received.
“It’s overwhelming to think that this space, which was never supposed to happen, has come to mean so much to so many,” she said.
For information, call 207-838-1077, or see Cyrfx6.wixsite.com/thestudio or https://www.facebook.com/TheStudio82/.