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Old 03-03-2011, 10:02 PM
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I am looking to move to Colorado in the next couple of months. I am a 26 year old single female and absolutely love the outdoors (biking - road or mountain, trail running, hiking, kayaking,snowboarding, etc.). I also have my Masters in Exercise Physiology so would need an area with a strong fitness center setting or corporate fitness setting to get a job. Any ideas on the best place for me?
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:08 PM
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LifeTime Fitness in the far north end of COLO SPGS is now hiring for a May 2011 opening.

U.S.Olympic Committee is HQ'd here too, they have plenty of exercise specialists on the payroll.

There are 5 pro sports teams in Denver, one AAA baseball team in COLO SPGS and lots of colleges all over the I-25 corridor from Fort Collins to Pueblo whose teams compete nationally and regionally, including the USAF Academy in COLO SPGS with one of the biggest gyms/weight rooms I've ever seen and a full slate of men's and women's sports.

Get a job here, anywhere, live near it. Tremendous cycling all over, especially Boulder.

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Old 03-05-2011, 10:19 AM
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I lived in Manitou Springs & loved the easy access to Pikes Peak trail & Garden of the Gods. It's right outside Colo.Springs which could possibly be one of your best bets for your job market.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:39 PM
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Wink No guarantees

At the risk of repeating myself, I'll suggest Summit County to you.

Obviously the front range offers the best job market, but if you stick with your chosen profession opportunities within it will lie in specific spots, some of those in the mountains. It would probably be easier elsewhere, but if choosing so you should theoretically have the chance for a good career there. Notice all the qualifiers? No guarantees.

But for someone loving the outdoors, particularly and only if decidedly in the mountains, then the small towns within Summit County, such as Frisco and Breckenridge, might be near perfect. Great options in biking, running, hiking, kayaking, skiing, etc. I've never seen a place where so many people were into it. From that vantage as well, possibly to derive an income from.

Boulder is a lovely town as well with a great setting, but now more of a small city, and obviously with a quite different climate. But if heading to the high country, then I'm reminded of a fellow I met briefly in Frisco last fall. As myself, just there for a few days, but he seriously thinking of moving to the area. He specialized in sport fitness. However his uncertainty was informed by the obvious costs in the area, also in truth a certain lack of trust in his own abilities and self. From my neutral vantage I could see that, as well the real possibility of what he might accomplish if so determined.

But no guarantees.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:53 PM
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All of the ski towns are completely overloaded with personal trainer physical fitness types. I know a few in the business, including one close friend and business is hard to come by right now. It's certainly something you cannot count on for full time employment. It might not hurt to try and look but I think I can solidly say that it wont be full time work.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:32 AM
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For sure you should look to Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins.

Those are going to be the only cities in worth thinking about that have the livability (as a 20-something), and the potential job market you require.

The Springs might have jobs, but it is not a very fun place live as a 26 year old (esp. one who isn't married).
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:39 PM
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Durango has a lot of younger active types. There are quite a few well known cyclists who live there.
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:08 AM
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I agree with CAVA - Durango is certainly worth checking out. It's a college town with lots going on and is not as expensive as Colorado's ski resort towns. Durango is just a skip from the San Juan Mountains, the Weminuche Wilderness area and the Canyonlands of Utah. It has the Mercy Regional Medical Center which is very good. If you don't mind living in a metro region, Manitou Springs just west of Colorado Springs is a great small town with easy access to both the mountains and the more urban amenities of Colorado Springs.

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