Squat for a cause; Workout fundraiser being held at Louisiana State Capitol

Updated: Jul. 25, 2018 at 7:16 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A personal goal to do 100 squats and encourage 100 others to join in, has turned into a unique opportunity to raise money for a good cause.

Squat Party organizer Taylor Blanche turned his workouts into a party and he's taking that party all the way to the Louisiana State Capitol this Saturday.


  • Saturday, July 28 at 6 p.m.
  • Louisiana State Capitol

"Squats are important. People are scared of leg day or squat day but if you can squat it's a good base for all exercising," said Blanche.

He has been hosting Squat Parties every Tuesday and Thursday night for several weeks now. "It's a digital movement, word of mouth."  Each party is held at a different place, from packed living rooms or backyards, to fitness studios, often at Dakmak Performance.

"For those who have been at our Tuesday and Thursday squat parties, this is the same routine and it basically revolves around four sets of squats. There's rest periods and in those rest periods you can kind of take advantage of it and rest or if you're a little bit further along we'll have some really cool exercises to keep your heart rate up in between four sets of 25 squats," said Blanche explaining the party plan for Saturday's event.


  • Works your leg muscles, hip muscles, improves core strength and balance

While some may call squatting painful, Blanche calls it a fun. He says the squat parties are a supportive environment that caters to people at any fitness level.

"It's as simple as just showing up. Come meet all the cool people that are interested in helping others reach their fitness goals. That's one of the coolest parts about this squat party group."

Taylor Blanche demonstrated how to squat properly on WAFB's Get Fit Red Stick Facebook group. CLICK HERE to join the group and be part of Team WAFB and this positive community of eager people willingly sharing their fitness goals. Watch live every Wednesday at 4 p.m. to hear from different fitness experts in the Baton Rouge area.

"We want to see if we can get 100 people to do 100 squats. That's our big goal," said Blanche who hopes to reach this goal before moving next month. He says the bi-weekly Squat Party will keep happening every Tuesday and Thursday even after he leaves town.

Blanche is hoping to have his biggest turnout yet for the Squat Party at the Louisiana State Capitol on Saturday, July 28 at 6 p.m.

"We're accepting donations and we'll have some custom sweat bands, terry cloth headbands embroidered with the Squat Party logo on them." You can get a Squat Party sweat band for a $10 donation."

All proceeds from the Squat Party will be donated to Johns Hopkins Medicine. "We're trying to support scientific research to help fight cancer," said Blanche.

There's no registration or fee to participate in the Squat Party, just show up and make a donation of your choice, and of course be prepared to do 100 squats.

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