John Morse, former owner of Tag’s Sports Bar, recently opened a new venture alongside his brother-in-law Nick Sarro: MXA Fitness, which offers a variety of gym equipment and classes at the Maine Coast Mall. The gym is open every day from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. “We’re kind of everything for everyone,” said Morse. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY KATE COUGH

MXA Fitness opens at Maine Coast Mall

ELLSWORTH — Area residents have one fewer excuse to pack on the pounds this holiday season, since the former owner of Tag’s Sports Bar John Morse has a new venture: fitness.

“There was a need for it,” said Morse, a Maine Army National Guard veteran who recently opened MXA Fitness at 225 High St., next to TJ Maxx in the Maine Coast Mall, with the help of his brother-in-law, Nick Sarro.

The gym offers long hours (every day from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and classes, including introduction to boxing with Chris Sarro, a professional bare-knuckle fighter and Ellsworth High School graduate, as well as vinyasa yoga classes and personal trainers.

“We’re kind of everything for everyone,” Morse said.

Morse, though he enjoys working out, says he isn’t necessarily a fitness buff. It’s the business side that really appeals to him.

The former helicopter pilot said he enjoyed the months-long process of figuring out what it would take to open a gym: researching equipment, finding a wide-open space with enough parking and bathrooms.

“This checked all the boxes,” Morse said.

MXA has a range of machines, including ellipticals, treadmills and a hexagon training ring, a 7-foot-tall hexagonal structure with a variety of attachments. There’s a large padded area for classes, with curtains that can be pulled for privacy.

There are also four private bathrooms with showers. A yearly adult membership costs $44.99 per month, with discounts for youth, members of the military, families and seniors.

As for the name? “It’s Newton’s Second Law of Motion,” Morse said. “Mass times acceleration equals force.”

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Bar Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
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