Former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, and her personal trainer honored her by doing a final few pushups as tribute.
People online loved the tribute, as her workout routine became part of the viral persona Ginsburg had amassed. Ginsburg, a champion of women’s rights, died at 87 one week ago.
Bryant Johnson, her personal trainer, worked with the Supreme Court justice for more than 20 years. She continued her push-ups into her 80s after battles with cancer, according to USA Today.
On Friday, Johnson approached the casket, looked around, dropped to the floor, and gave Ginsburg three last pushups.
“Bryant Johnson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer, does push-ups as Justice Ginsburg lies in state in the U.S. Capitol,” C-SPAN tweeted with the video.
Ginsburg worked out with Johnson twice a week for an hour according to a Politico report in 2017. Reporter Ben Schreckinger simulated her workout and said “it nearly broke me.”
Johnson detailed her workout in his book The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong…And You Can Too!
Ginsburg lying in state at the Capitol is part of the ongoing proceedings to honor her. Yesterday, her casket was at the Supreme Court.
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*First Published: Sep 25, 2020, 12:06 pm
Libby Cohen is a third-year University of Texas student originally from New Jersey. She has written for ORANGE Magazine, the Daily Texan, and most recently interned for 1010 WINS in NYC. She’s now back in Austin writing for the Texas Standard and the Daily Dot.