Expansion Expectations

Lil' Lebo Does It With A Smile
Lil’ Lebo Does It With A Smile

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would know that CFS is getting bigger…. again!  There has been lots of excitement and questions over the expansion and I am going to give you a quick update and fill you in on what to expect.

We are taking 3,300 sq ft of the old CES space, which is connected to Southie Green and sandwiched between Green and Orange.  This space will become known as the “Toaster” and will give a new home to our competitor program (“Burnt Toast”) during busier hours.  The Toaster will also be the new home for the front desk,  a coaches/admin office and a brand spanking new Zen-like massage room (away from the noise most of the day).  Amongst other things, the toaster will have a fat pull up bar, specialty equipment and actual miss-able targets for wall balls.

Instead of the entire wall coming down, a pass through will exist between the spaces and will be located where the current desk sits.  This will keep the spaces connected while eliminating most of the commotion during competing class hours.

In Southie HQ, the space where the GHD’s are located, we are eliminating the back wall and taking on an additional l 1,700 sq ft.  Included in the 1700, is a closed off-soon to be mobility safe haven/pain cave.  No longer will you have to worry about barbells flying at you while you social WOD.  We will also have a mounted TV in the cave which will be linked to apple tv.  This will allow for reviewing any lifts recorded during your platform session, watching videos from the CrossFit journal or just checking out some funny YouTube videos with your buddies.

With the wall down, HQ will mirror the other side of the pillars in the original Green space (side with the bathroom).  With the additional sq footage in HQ and the toasties and desk in their new home, a lot of breathing room will be created.  The plan is to run a class on each side of the pull up structure to separate classes even further by ability level and allow for more personal attention..  Classes in these spaces  will range from Rx/L2 to L2/Rx to L1/L2 and will also include All Levels. Rx class programming will grow to include more high skill movements and technical lifts, while L1 classes will be more emphasized on teaching fundamentals with less highly technical movements.  You will truly be able to graduate from one level to the next if that is your goal or you can remain comfortably wherever you like to be.  You may have already noticed the recent changes in the google calendar.  These changes will be put in place as we open up the new space and have the extra space to take advantage of.  Orange classes will take place in Orange, the light green shaded classes on the calender in HQ, darker Green in the original Southie Green, Brown will be in the toaster.  Blue classes are free classes and will take place somewhere in green.

That’s not all, lets move to the original Southie Green space.  We are tearing down the current bathrooms and massage room and rebuilding bigger and better bathrooms in their current location. Bathrooms will include separate facilities for men and women, each with showers and multiple stalls, as well as ample room to change.  The only downside, is we will have to deal with port-a-johns in the short term but it will be well worth it.  The drop ceiling is also coming down, which will add to that barebones/warehouse effect and allow for more room for wallballs, etc…

Finally, throughout the facility we are adding exhaust fans to kick out hot air in the summer and allow for more airflow and a cooler facility.  We are also adding a professional sound system that will have different sound zones and will pump noise!  We are also planning on adding an Olympic Lifting program 2x/week.

Between all the spaces we will amass 15,000 total sq feet making us easily one of the largest boxes in the country.  We are extremely excited to continue to grow the community and help you all grow as athletes. All of this set to be done by sometime in October.  Please stay patient and get excited!

Midline Madness
45s at each station/15s rest x 2
and rotate
Hollow Rocks
Dragon Flags
Plank ups
Weighted Sit-Up

Pistol-ADV weighted

5 Rounds
Row 500m
Run 400m
Rest Exactly 2 minutes

75 sit-ups for time


  • Wheeler

    09/06/2013 @ 4:08 pm

    This sounds amazing, can’t wait to experience the Toaster! Congrats Goose and Amy on the amazing community and space you’ve built in just 3 short years!

  • sammy belton

    09/06/2013 @ 1:19 pm

    The expansion sounds great! Further proof that I joined the best box in the country!

  • Joel

    09/06/2013 @ 3:18 am

    WOD: 31:50 The rows seemed like forever.

  • jason barrow

    09/06/2013 @ 12:52 am

    I doubt Henry will post his time so I’ll let everyone know that he threw up a 24 and some change. Dude has his running DIALED IN, took down the Southie 5K and now this.

    WOD: 26:18 Rx (Every run felt like I deadlifted 225×90 the night before.)
    Cash-Out: 2:49 (Most stopping I’ve ever done in a sit-up set.)

    7PM might have finally got one over on 5:30AM.

    • Mike Quigley

      09/06/2013 @ 1:38 am

      Barrow WOD! Nice work!

  • Andrea

    09/06/2013 @ 12:51 am

    Cant wait!!


  • JBo

    09/05/2013 @ 10:39 pm

    I am SUPER excited about the expansion! Just want to make sure you guys know how much we appreciate you continuing to make enhancements in order to make our CrossFit Southie experience as awesome as possible!
    Pistols: Getting better at ’em. Still need oly shoes or a plate to get the hip crease below knees but they’re starting to feel a lot more natural. Got a couple of 0.5 pood pistols using a plate.
    WOD: 28:28 – I have to say that I was dreading this because rowing and I do not get along. But steady rows and pretty aggressive runs worked well for me.
    Cash Out: 2:55

  • Bish

    09/05/2013 @ 4:31 pm


  • Kelly

    09/05/2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Sofa King Excited about this.
    Where’s the baby, Marc? Show us another baby!

    Hideous time this morning. Took over 30 minutes to do that WOD. Legs quit on the rows.

    • Marc Piccuirro

      09/05/2013 @ 3:51 pm

      Wifey is aski g the same question, she’s a bit over the pregnancy thing. Pix will come when we have one!

      I knew you would love all those rows! Totally your fave

    • crossfitsouthie

      09/06/2013 @ 1:16 am

      clever way to sneak that one in there

  • Kara

    09/05/2013 @ 12:44 pm

    Goose and Amy, this is really great news! I had no idea that all this was happening, I just thought there was going to be some extra space! Congrats and thanks for all your hard work making all this happen.
    Also, Lil Lebo, you look so great!

  • Christopher DeVerna

    09/05/2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Thanks for bring back the Olympic Lifting classes. Made my day!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason

    09/05/2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Awesome update and expansion news/details… can’t wait to see it all!
    26:35(ish?) on the WOD.
    3:00 flat on the (awful) cash-out…and by awful I mean much-needed.
    …and where was Quigley this am?? Talk about wheelhouse WOD for Mike!!
    530 HTK

    • Mike Quigley

      09/05/2013 @ 1:11 pm

      Daddy Daycare today. I was a little disappointed to miss this one but also a little relieved because of how sore My legs are after those deadlifts yesterday. And it sounds like I should be glad I missed that cash out. See you tomorrow.

      • Chris Wilson

        09/05/2013 @ 2:47 pm

        I was thinking the same thing Jason – MQ would have killed this thing.

  • Chris Wilson

    09/05/2013 @ 12:20 pm

    28:19 Rx. My hamstrings were totally burnt from yesterday, and I was really dragging as a result, so I’ll have to call this a PW (personal worst) as my man JB would say.

  • L Lebo

    09/05/2013 @ 12:02 pm

    I just love CFS. Ive kept showing up week after week since Dec. 1st, 2010 because of the people, but awesome facilities to match awesome people really make this place like none other. Goose & Ames, im thrilled to see your vision come to life! On another note: I’ve been so thankful to have a supportive place to go during my own expansion project (didn’t know what that really looked like til seeing this picture–dear god).

    • sarahpisborg

      09/05/2013 @ 1:01 pm

      i have been gone for so long, i had no idea of your expansion, lebo! congrats!!

      • L Lebo

        09/05/2013 @ 11:15 pm

        Thanks Sarah! Miss seeing you around these parts

        And thank you Kara 🙂

  • Marc Piccuirro

    09/05/2013 @ 11:33 am

    Exciting times at CFS! Babies, expansions, Haley joing the 530 crew.. What next?
    1.5 pood weighted pistols
    27:40 couldn’t make my arms any longer no matter how hard I tried
    3:51 cash out. Ugh


  • papa schurk

    09/05/2013 @ 4:42 am

    that’s it i’m quitting my job so i can get back to my old schedule and take full advantage of the southie compound! great work Goose and Amy, congrats on building such a great place to, dare I say, Excercise! can’t wait to see all the new improvements.

  • Jacqueline Doyle

    09/05/2013 @ 4:16 am

    Oh my goodness, I can’t wait for all this! So much room for activities!

  • sarahpisborg

    09/05/2013 @ 3:53 am

    this sounds awesome! so happy to be back! where will the holograms of coach dedonno be installed? HQ or the toaster? or both!! SAY BOTH!

    • JeffSully

      09/05/2013 @ 12:43 pm

      Jeff Sullivan Likes This.

      • crossfitsouthie

        09/06/2013 @ 1:18 am

        CrossFit Southie Likes Jeff Sullivan

    • sarahpisborg

      09/05/2013 @ 12:58 pm

      *the holograms of coach dedonno doing GRACE be installed

  • Shelby

    09/05/2013 @ 2:19 am

    This is fantastic ! Congrats and so excited for all of these changes! Thanks for listening and being so service oriented , striving to provide your clients with only the best 🙂 these words were like music to my ears specifically the rx/l2 classes and Olympic classes of course! Yay! Can’t wait

  • Fil

    09/05/2013 @ 2:03 am

    Congratulations guys! You have built an impressive business and created a great community– Jason’s comment about the close-knit, personal aspect to the community while still having a large member base is spot on. All these changes are going to make the place totally addictive and irresistible!! Keep up the great work…

  • Dale

    09/05/2013 @ 1:52 am

    WOW! SOooooo Awesome! Can’t wait!

  • jason barrow

    09/05/2013 @ 1:07 am

    EFFFFF! This is one amazing update, for real. This place is UNIQUE, from the physical space that already had the rest of the area beat (crazy that we’ll be able to say the same on the national level now), to the competitive member base which really makes you want to get better, to the top shelf coaching staff. I hope everyone recognizes how much of a success this operation is and really appreciates that it’s here for us, just tour around to some other gyms if you don’t, you’ll see. The craziest thing about Southie is that for such a massive box it feels like such a small close community, figure that one out.

  • Sara Goldsmith

    09/05/2013 @ 1:05 am

    Wow, I didn’t think this place could get any awesomer. You guys are the f-ing BEST!!

  • JeffSully

    09/05/2013 @ 12:30 am

    Pretty excited for you and Amy! Congrats on the expansion guys, CFS has came a long way from when I started back in September 2011. Keep up the great work guys and let me know if you need any help. Southie Anniversary party coming up, WHOOP WHOOP!

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