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Barriers exist to be broken, according to Mike Ward, the certified coach and teacher who helms CrossFit 38N. With hard work, dedication, and a supportive team, they can be shattered into a million pieces, like a piñata made of phyllo dough. Inside Mike's 3,500-square-foot gym, seasoned instructors lead strength and conditioning classes filled with rowing, running, calisthenics, and Olympic weightlifting. In addition to bolstering power, speed, and endurance, these high-intensity workouts inspire students to set the bar higher, whether competing in a pole-vault contest or chasing a promotion at work. Barbells, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, and other functional training tools fuel a rotating lineup of exercises that can be scaled to different levels of skill and strength. Designed for beginners, Elements classes emphasize proper technique as they impart CrossFit fundamentals such as burpees, box jumps, and muscle-ups. As students grow fitter, coaches ratchet up the intensity and incorporate activities that promote flexibility and mobility.