The Spas and Gyms Your New Year’s Resolutions Would Love

We are well into 2019 now — and it no longer feels strange to write a nine at the end of the dateline instead of an eight.

Like remembering to note the New Year, all the hopes and resolve embodied in the phrase “New Year’s Resolution” may be starting to fade a little too, since our New Year goals have that funny way of slowly slipping away in the onward rush of life.

But our New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to follow the old pattern. Whatever your goal, whether it’s to relax more, or to work out more, or to simply live a healthier lifestyle — a goal that, truth be told, all of us can benefit from — there are places with trained professionals who can help when your resolve starts to fade - let Happy Valley and all its fabulous gyms and spas be your outlet for making those New Year’s Resolutions come true!


1. Lionheart Fitness

Lionheart Fitness prides itself on being the State College health club that offers a wide range of benefits for its members. Their cardio equipment comes with personal LCD screens and they have a large, free selection of weights. This gym also offers Martial Arts classes involving kickboxing, self-defense training, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and others. If that wasn’t enough, check out the CrossFit classes that will change your way of thinking healthy forever, combining the energizing training of basic fitness, gymnastics and even dance, while learning what balanced diet best serves your needs.


2. PYP studio

If you’re looking for a state of the art cycling theatre that includes Keiser M3i magnetic flywheel bikes and a performance cycling screen with Bluetooth technology; check out PYP Studio - the acronym stands for “Power Your Possibilities”— the perfect motivator for the New Year! Other restorative services include essential oils restorative yoga, hot yoga and Pilates. Extra perks of this studio include free parking, luxury-tiled showers, DigiLoc Lockers and sweat towels.


3. Carnegie Inn & Spa

Named “The Best Spa in America” by Industry Source and “Best Day Spa” by State College Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016; the Carnegie Inn & Spa offers a truly vitalizing experience. AVEDA Hair Spa, hair treatments, waxing and facial treatments are all available. Massage therapies, steam rooms, body wraps…for the complete spa experience, you can’t get better than this!


4. esSpa Organic Skincare and Salon

For the complete Salon experience, including extreme eyelash extensions, mineral makeup, top-quality manicures and pedicures - for services that include massages, facial and microdermabrasion treatments and all natural sugaring exfoliation; you can put away your map, backpack and binoculars - because you’ve reached your destination at the esSpa Organic Skincare and Salon!


5. The North Club

This is one club you really want to join! The North Club gym has a variety of group fitness classes like cycling, high-rep weight training, mind-body exercises, cardio training using STEP, high-intensity interval training and more! This gym also provides saunas, steam rooms and tanning beds. Personal trainers are also available for both small groups and individuals. Join your friends and follow your compass to the North!


6. Movement Arts Studio

If you’re looking a little more about the art and exercise of moving itself, the aptly-named Movement Arts Studio is the place for you! Home to Pilates, yoga, belly dance and clogging lessons, this unique studio sets a tone for dance, culture and song. Children’s classes are also provided and include fun props like scarves, paint brushes and rhythm instruments.


7. The Dragonfly Therapeutic Massage and Day Spa

Another spa-tacular haven to visit is the Dragonfly! This spa was named after a symbol that in many cultures represents purity, strength, immortality and messengers of good tidings. This Dragonfly wishes to provide you with crowd-pleasing skin care, massage and nail services; as well as specialty services such as personal crystal bowl healing. Chiropractic services are also available, as well as movement classes like Tai Chi and Tir na Nog Feis Prep, an Irish dance intensive class, among others.


New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be a disappointment every year – these gyms and spas, and their trained, helpful staff, are here to help you make 2019 the year your New Year’s Resolutions come true!

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