There are lots of fun workout programs and videos out there to try, and Holly Dolke is no exception! Holly’s videos focus on helping women achieve lean bodies so I’m not surprised that many of you have asked me my thoughts on Holly’s workouts.
I’m excited to share more about Holly’s program so you can see if it is right for you! Here’s more about her exercise videos:
Holly Dolke is an Instagram and YouTube influencer who posts mostly about fitness. Her workout routines are all about achieving results from home without equipment, and her YouTube videos focus on helping women achieve flat stomachs and their dream bodies. She’s located in the United Kingdom.
Holly is also the creator of the Pink Dragon App, which is her fitness app. However, I’ll be reviewing workouts from her YouTube page, which has lots of workout videos of all types too.
In addition to being a fitness expert, Holly is a mom! Her daughter turned one in October! I’m a new mother myself, and I admire her hard work to continue managing her business and her fitness during a busy time of life. :)
Lower Body Workout Review
Holly’s YouTube channel has lots of different lower body workouts. I picked four of her videos to review.
Slim Legs in 10 Days
This workout includes:
- Curtsy lunges
- Ski squats with a side kick
- Clam kick-ups (on both sides)
I really like that Holly includes a preview of what’s coming next. She even does this for the next circuit of the same exercise. This helps me know how to prepare for what’s coming! She also does three circuits of each exercise, which is enough to tire you out some, but it also isn’t too intense.
This video is only 10 minutes long, so it is perfect for people with busy schedules or for people who want to add this to the end of another workout video.
I also include clamshells, deadlifts, and bridges in my videos, and I think those are good workouts for rounding and lifting the butt! However, I do think that doing too many squats can lead to larger thighs and quads, which many women do not want. Doing this video for 10 days might cause girls with mesomorph and endomorph body types to bulk up more than they want.
Inner Thigh Burn for Slim Legs – 5 Mins
In this super quick workout, Holly leads you through:
- Side leg kicks (both sides)
- Crab open and close legs
- Cross crunches
- Butter legs boat pose
Holly includes a timer for all the exercises, which is helpful! She also doesn’t include any squats or lunges, so you shouldn’t be worried about bulking up from this video. I love that this is a bodyweight-only workout that can be completed from home. It is short too, so it is perfect for a busy woman!
Get a Toned Booty in 14 Days With These Quick Exercises
This workout video includes:
- Lunges and kick backs (on both sides)
- Leg raises (on both sides)
- Fire hydrant with a kick out (on both sides)
- Cross behinds with a swing-up (on both sides)
- Bridges with wide-leg stance
This video is a little bit longer than the other workouts. It lasts almost 11 minutes. I love that this video includes a variety of different types of workouts. I think bridges and fire hydrants are great moves!
I’m not completely anti-lunges! In fact, some of my own workouts include lunges. However, I do caution women about doing too many. If you were to do them for 14 days straight, you might notice your thighs growing more than what you want. Of course, this totally depends on your goals and body type. Endomorph and mesomorph women are more likely to have trouble with this.
Burn Thigh Fat Workout | No Equipment
In this 12-minute video, you do:
- Squat jumping pulses
- Curtsy lunges with a kick
- Bridges, open and close
- Bridges with feet up and down, close and open
- Inner thigh leg lift (on both sides)
- Clams (on both sides)
- Top leg lifts (on both sides)
- Cross leg crunches
I like that this video includes a lot of different types of workouts, and I think the different bridge variations are excellent for the lower body! However, like some of the other videos, this includes lunges and squats that some women need to be careful about.
I also love that this is an equipment-free workout! It makes it so convenient to do from anywhere!
My First Thoughts on the Lower Body Workouts
All of these workouts are fast! The longest is just over 12 minutes. Because of this, most people should be able to incorporate these into their schedules without too much stress.
I also like that you don’t need equipment to do these workouts. This makes them super easy to do from home in your bedroom or while travelling. If you wanted more of a challenge, you could add dumbbells to your workout. :))
If you plan to do these workouts for several days or weeks in a row, as Holly suggests, you might find yourself becoming bored with the routines. Also, everybody is different. Some girls will be able to see results after 10-14 days, but some won’t be able to see results. In my experience, it normally takes a bit longer than that to see results from exercise. :)
Finally, if you choose to do these videos every day for 10-14 days, you might notice that you gain more muscle mass than you’d like. Again, that depends on your personal preferences about your body and your workout goals. Even though these workouts are focused on the lower body, they work your core too, so you might notice some ab definition from them.
Full Body Workout Review
In addition to her lower body workouts, Holly has plenty of full body workouts to pick from!
Full Body Shred in Under 10 Minutes
In this workout, Holly leads you through:
- Low shuffle punches
- Plank bear into side planks
- Marching bridges with open and closed legs
- Boat roll reverse crunch
You do three circuits of each exercise. I like that Holly packs a good amount of variety into this short routine. It’s quick and not too hard, so you should be able to get this in during your day!
Full Body Toning in 10 Minutes – No Equipment
This video includes:
- Crab knee lift to boat
- Boat bicycle twists
- Bear plank to downward dog to push ups
- Crunch donkey kicks
- Dead bugs
You do two circuits of each of these exercises. Again, this is a quick video that isn’t too intense. Even beginners should be able to make it through this video. I love donkey kicks and dead bugs. Those are great moves to do! :)
10 Minute Intense Full Body Workout
In this routine, you do:
- Arm circles
- Arm pull downs
- Push ups
- Tricep dips
- Woodchoppers (on both sides)
- Sit ups
- U Boat Holds
- Single leg crunches
- Straight side leg kicks
- Leg raises behind
- Cross and donkey kicks
- Swing and side legs
- Straight side leg kicks
Even though this video has the word “intense” in the title, the workout isn’t too intense. Most girls should be able to get through it, and this routine shouldn’t cause you to develop too much muscle. :)
Personally, I love the variety of different moves in this routine. Your entire body is put to work with arm circles, push-ups, and so on! This is a very engaging routine!
Full Body Toning Workout (11 Minutes)
In this video, you do:
- Side plank with kicks (on both sides)
- Side leg lifts with legs (on both sides)
- Bear plank kicks (on both sides)
- Marching bridges
- Arms (with a variety of arm exercises)
This was Holly’s first proper workout after giving birth! I’m so impressed and happy for her. :) I love that this is a low-intensity workout with lots of variety. You do several circuits of each exercise.
Holly also did a voiceover in this video, explaining the proper form and the exercise and I thought it was helpful!
First Thoughts on the Full-Body Workouts
These are quick workouts with lots of variety in the types of moves you do! Your body will feel engaged, and you shouldn’t feel bored doing the workouts. If you want a longer workout, you could even combine some of these videos since she usually changes up the exact moves she does in each one.
There are no squats, lunges, or plies in these videos. They’re all low intensity, and you don’t need to worry about gaining muscle from these workouts. :)
Final Thoughts on Holly Dolke’s Workouts
After Holly gave birth to her daughter, she was able to get into the groove of working out again after consulting with her doctor. For the first couple of months after giving birth, Holly focused on walking, deep breathing, and eating well. She was able to get back to intense workouts with jumping just a couple of months after giving birth, and she did this with her doctor’s approval. This is impressive, and I’m so happy she was able to do that!
Some women struggle to figure out how to exercise after giving birth, especially if they have health complications. I’m a new mom who had complications, and it’s taking me a while to figure out what works best for my body. Either way is ok! :)
Holly’s videos are full of lots of different types of moves that will engage your entire body! You probably won’t feel bored doing these quick, diverse workouts! Even though I like a lot of these workouts, I do know that some women will want to be cautious with some of Holly’s lower body workouts. Some of these have moves that can cause unwanted muscle gain. If you’re looking to gain some lower body muscles, these will work well for you!
But I don’t recommend combining these workouts with my program. Adding to my program will cause you to overtrain and overwork your muscles. This can happen even with low-intensity workouts like Holly’s! To get excellent results, you need to make sure to give your body rest so that you don’t have any unwanted consequences.
If you want lean, toned legs, you don’t need to combine my program with any others. :)
Love Rachael Xx