About Us

Our Mission

We are a tight knit community at CrossFit Lily, that supports each other inside and outside the gym. Our classes are limited to 15 people, so we can make sure that everyone in class is getting the individual attention they need to perform movements safely and correctly. Our intentional and thought out programming allows our members to increase their conditioning, work on their gymnastics skills, and also see vast improvements to their strength. You can see our daily WODs here. All the coaches here are passionate about what they do, whether it be CrossFit, Kettlebell, Olympic Lifting or Nutrition- this is our profession, not a hobby. Read more about us individually below.

Our Coaches

Jeff Pillars

Jeff holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University. Like many former college athletes, Jeff found himself gradually losing his fitness as the years passed without a structured training program such as the one he enjoyed as an NCAA swimmer. CrossFit provided a method to reclaim and enhance his strength, endurance, and mobility. Having coached swimming at the club, high school, and collegiate levels, Jeff knew that he enjoyed helping others find their potential. When the opportunity arose to become a CrossFit Trainer in 2008, he jumped at the chance.
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Dan Hunter

Dan earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University and his Juris Doctor from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Dan grew up playing football, soccer, and wrestling and has always had a passion for strength training. However, after 15 years of focusing on academics and career he found himself overweight and out of shape. Years of smoking and over eating had taken their toll and at 44 Dan knew it was time to make a change. Like many people in that position, he struggled with a series of failed diets and attempts to find success in traditional gyms.
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Joelle Emery

Joelle Emery grew up playing soccer, basketball, and softball and was a 12 season varsity athlete in high school. In college, she was a starting defender on the Tufts’ soccer team and played in the NCAA Final Four. Throughout her soccer career, she was awarded All-Academic Team,Joelle All-NESCAC Second Team, and All-New England Third Team. After graduation and years of being active, she suddenly found herself without the structure and motivation to stay in shape that team sports had always provided. A series of gyms came and went while her frustration grew.
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