What are the benefits of joining a community-based fitness gym?

First and foremost, SideYard Training CrossFit offers the best value for your money, compared to any other type of gym. The primary reason is that we are locally owned and operated, and the goal of the members of our community-based gym is to provide help, support, and encouragement for each other. You’ll find the environment more welcoming and less intimidating.

Further, you’re getting your workouts programmed and lead by a certified coach and expert on a daily basis. Rather than walking into this gym without a plan, we’ve already written one for you and will lead you through it with the group each day!

At the end of each workout, you’ll receive a unique report card that tracks your progress. We also take snapshots of your workout every day and store them in our system. This is nice because it allows you to compare your progression from week to week so that you know when you’re making gains, and when your body may require some recovery.

A community-based group fitness gym is also better for your health than being at home physically inactive. There are many studies that have shown that individuals who exercise with others and share their thoughts are less lonely and suffer from depression less which has a direct link to physical health.

When it comes to making your lifestyle shift, you’re going to be in a group of people that are on the exact same page as you. You’ll get accountability from other members are also Middleton locals (who also want and need to make progress!). It’s a fun, social atmosphere where everyone is striving for the same goals!

Finally, another benefit of joining a local community-based group fitness gym is that it will help you stay in shape for anything since you’re getting a variety of new workouts regularly and constantly bettering yourself!

Through our experience of working with thousands of Middleton locals at SideYard Training CrossFit over many years now, there are some other benefits too! You’ll find yourself going to the gym more often, you’ll feel better about yourself and your confidence will grow. This all typically leads to weight loss or a healthier lifestyle overall!

Feel free to contact us anytime with questions on how we can help you make a lifestyle shift! I hope this article was helpful in encouraging you to get involved with our group fitness classes.

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Lindsay Batie


I was just looking for something to replace my running habit during the cold, Idaho winter months, when I anxiously walked into my first CrossFit class at SideYard three years ago. What was meant to be a temporary stand-in to keep me in shape through winter, CrossFit has become one of the best parts of my (almost) daily routine. As an athlete, I love the encouraging community, challenging workouts, and quality coaching of CrossFit. I value showing up each morning at the gym to an expertly programmed workout and a knowledgeable coach present and ready to give instruction and motivation.

Since that first day of CrossFit, I have become a Crossfit L-1 and CrossFit Kids trainer. As a trainer, I love helping athletes of all ages progress in their skills and meet their individual goals. It is important to me that everyone feels welcomed and accepted, as well as challenged and successful, when they leave class, regardless of their skill level or background. 
I am a mom of two amazing kids and a student in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at the College of Western Idaho. CrossFit has replaced my running addiction. 


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Amanda Smith


I’m Amanda Smith, a CF-L1 coach at SideYard Crossfit and also a certified surgical first assistant. I first got into CrossFit after a friend begged me for weeks to go, and after many failed attempts; I finally showed up. I won’t lie, I couldn’t even finish the workout that day and I was so sore afterwards that I wasn’t looking forward to going back and the only reason I did was because I didn’t want them to think I was a quitter (I literally laugh about this now). At the time, I was completely unaware of the profound impact it would have on my life. I have seen such a positive change in not only my physical strength, but my mindset as well. It has taught me that I can do hard things and whatever I put my mind to and anytime you start to doubt yourself; you have a pretty awesome group of people supporting and cheering you on.

What I love most about coaching is seeing people grow and accomplish things that they thought were impossible. I love when someone gets their first pull up or first box jump and just being able to see how excited they are and know I was able to be apart of that. It’s a very rewarding feeling seeing people accomplish their goals!
In my spare time I love spending time with my menagerie of pets, anything outdoors, barrel racing, audiobooks, and food!


CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Rachel Franks


Hello, my name is Rachel Franks and I’m addicted to CrossFit. I was never an amazing athlete or very competitive growing up, just your average high school basketball/volleyball girl who did basically nothing consistent again until after babies. Which surprised the heck out of me when I finally discovered and fell in love with CrossFit. Where was CrossFit when I was in high school!?? Since then I’ve had 6 years accumulative of CrossFit, with 3 of those years (plus 50 lbs shed forever!) here with SideYard. This addiction has become my passion that I hope to pass on to everyone who walks in the door! I’m on this journey with you too, and I’m so thankful for this community and the support system that we have here!


CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Ashley Campbell


Ashley is a freshman in college, a multi-sport athlete and CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer.  She will be one of the coaches for SideYard Training Kids!

“My name is Ashley Campbell and I am 19 years old. I have always been an active person and I have been involved in sports since I could walk. The two sports that I am currently involved in are basketball and track. These sports have taught me many things and have grown me into the person that I am today. I am excited to coach kids so that they will love to be active and healthy! I also want to help them become strong individuals not just physically but mentally as well!”

In her free time, Ashley likes to play basketball and run, camp, and fish.


CrossFit Level 1 Certification


CrossFit Level 1

Sylvia is a freshman college student, a multi-sport athlete and CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer.  She will be one of the coaches for SideYard Training Kids!

“Hi, my name is Sylvia Conley. I am 18 years old and have been involved in sports since I can remember. Being active and involved in sports is what made me the person I am today, This is why I am so excited to be able to coach and train kids. I hope to have the same impact on them, as my coaches throughout the years have had on me (:”

In her her time, Sylvia likes to play basketball, swim and hike.



I discovered CrossFit 6 years ago with a friend who brought me to this gym at the perfect time in my life. I loved being athletic. I danced, ran track, and racecross country all through high school. As those things were coming to an end, CrossFit established itself as a necessity to my physical and mental well-being. The last few years have taught me so much! In March 2019 I became a certified CrossFit Level-1 trainer, And then had to learn to exercise through a serious injury, and then through pregnancy. I am now learning to be a CrossFit mom while also being an athlete and coach. My husband and I live in Wilder with our baby girl and 2 dogs.


CrossFit Level 1 Certification



I have a passion. My passion is rooted is helping others.  Creating health and fitness goals and walking people through the journey.  What do you want to accomplish is what I am about!

Sharene has a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing in addition to the above certifications.

Since 2013, she has coached advanced athletes to those who have never seen the inside of a gym, preschoolers, to those well beyond their AARP membership introductions.

“I have a passion for those who want to learn, who want to get stronger, and especially for those who want to find health. My goal is to create an environment that stimulates you to want to know more, do more and have fun. I look forward to meeting you, face-to-face or on social media.”



CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

CrossFit Kids

USAW SPC and Certified Health Coach


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