About Us

Our Mission

We are a tight knit community at CrossFit Ypsilanti, 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

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

Julie DuChateau

Growing up in Northern Michigan, Julie used the great outdoors as her playground. She has always had a passion for high-energy outdoor activities such as running, swimming, backpacking, climbing (rock/ice) & kayaking. Being part of an all state cross-country team paved her future for fitness and teamwork.
Read More

Justin Akinleye

Justin has spent his life studying how to communicate as a coach for physical conditioning and his career in aviation. His training began as a toddler (over 44yrs ago) when he would sit at the front of his mom’s Yoga class as she instructed. From there, he was introduced to marital arts, tracking/survival skills, boxing, weightlifting, and conditioning in preparation for his desire to be an 0351 US Marine.
Read More

Elle Koski

Elle Koski teaches yoga to celebrate the physical body and the creative spirit. Elle began her yoga practice in 2012 to build power and flexibility for running and weight training. Deep within asana practice, she found a beautiful integration of the body, mind, and heart.
Read More