Personal trainer Bryant Johnson performed three pushups in front of the casket of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.
He did so in a full suit as Ginsburg lay in state at the Capitol. She is the first woman and the first Jewish person to receive the honor.
Ginsburg, who died a week ago at the age of 87 due to complications with cancer, was well known for her rigorous exercise routine. Johnson began working with the justice in 1999.
Bryant Johnson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer, does push-ups as Justice Ginsburg lies in state in the U.S. Capitol.
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Johnson is a records manager in the clerk’s office of the federal court and has been an Army reservist attached to the Special Forces. But when he’s not working those jobs, he makes sure several prominent jurists, including Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, stay in shape.
Johnson once shared Ginsburg’s workout routine with Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger. The headline of the article read, “I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Workout. It Nearly Broke Me.”
“Johnson said Ginsburg takes great pride in progressing from horizontal pushups against a wall when he first began working with her, to pushups with her knees down on the ground, to full pushups,” Schreckinger wrote.
“Justice Ginsburg does 10 pushups, and she does not do the so-called ‘girl pushups,'” Georgetown law professor Mary Hartnett said during an appearance with the justice earlier this month at the Virginia Military Institute.
A private interment service for Ginsburg will be held next week at Arlington National Cemetery, where her husband, Martin, was buried in 2010.
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