CrossFit Burien, in accordance with all CrossFit gyms, has no mirrors


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CrossFit Burien, in accordance with all CrossFit gyms, has no mirrors.

If it did, the least likely member to look in them would be Joe Bui.

Yelling, celebrating, hooting and hollering are generally reserved for your teammates too, as opposed to yourself (as you look in a mirror). Joe Bui rarely makes a scene, or any noise, in Burien, but he’s arguably the pound/pound strongest person at the gym; at a recent competition he deadlifted 400 pounds, cold, before his teammates had taken a sip of coffee at 8:30 a.m. He weighs about 155 pounds.

Quiet and understated, Joe Bui, who commutes from Federal Way (where he lives) and Redmond (where he works), trains with and subtly coaches 5-10 “competitive” CrossFit Burien Athletes 4 days per week. One of his specialties is “Oly” lifting, or Olympic weightlifting, primarily the clean, snatch, deadlift and squat; all movements you will likely see in CrossFit Open workouts starting March 1 at Friday Night Lights in CrossFit Burien. The lifts may be combined with cardiovascular and gymnastic feats, but we really don’t know until workout #1 is announced internationally the last week of February.

In his signature focused style, Joe Bui will compete in the CrossFit Open. He won’t make the most noise or draw undue attention, but he will make you recognize him the next time you pass him in the street… and perhaps you will flag him over to help you move a grand piano.

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