Fifth Week of Christmas – Five by Fives

You have found muscles you didn’t know you have, nearly died while doing tabata sprints, and embraced Crossfit during the last month of Fitmas. If you are anything like me, you have kept the DOMS to yourself.

Its time to invite a friend to join in with you.

Oftentimes, we fall into the trap of training by ourselves and complaining that we don’t have time for friends and to be fit. Pfft! Who says you can’t bring your friends along on a near death adventure?

This week’s Fitmas challenge comes from Fit Familiez, an organization focussed on supporting the whole family to be fit.

Maria Ellis

Yup, we will do what she says!

Maria is a woman of vision, determination, and inspiration who doesn’t take no for an answer. Just ask her, there are excuses but no real ones to not be healthy and fit, no matter what you have going on in your life or if you have kids or not.

Five by Fives.

Grab a friend, warm up well, and then get your sweat on. Complete 5 sets of the 5 exercises (30 seconds for each exercise) with a 90 second to two minute rest between sets. This challenge doesn’t require a gym, just a good attitude and a timer.

Option #1

Option #2

Option #3

If you still have something left, go for a 20-30 minute brisk outdoor run or walk in this glorious fall weather and enjoy each other’s company. Don’t forget to stretch and even foam roll when you’re done.

**To make it competitive keep track of who is able to do more exercises in each set. The winner has to buy the other coffee when you’re done!


I don't know about you, but I MUST spend some time outside before the earth freezes into an arctic tundra.

Bring Fitmas to your family and friends this week!

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  1. Dear Donloree,

    I’m confused.

    Do you mean reps when you say sets as in 5 x burpees, 5 x push ups etc? Or is it : do as many burpees in a minute as you can and then 1min of pressups etc and each Option thingy is 5mins long? You mentioned needing a timer – is this just for timing the 90sec rest?

    Confused in the UK

    • Totally confusing! Gracious, I didn’t explain that well.

      You complete each of the 5 exercises for 30 seconds back to back and then rest. You should time the exercises and the rest, hence the timer. I think I fixed it up in the explanation, but if you still have questions let me know.

      So you do 30 seconds of burpees, 30 seconds of jumping lunges, 30 seconds of pushups, 30 seconds of crunches, 30 seconds of body weight squats and then rest. Do that 5 times. 🙂

  2. I’m excited about this. I love these types of workouts. Thanks!! Let’s do this!

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