RBG’s personal trainer honors her with three push-ups in front of her casket

RBG’s personal trainer honors her with three push-ups in front of her casket
By Anna Iovine

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left many Americans mourning. The “Notorious R.B.G.,” as the internet lovingly referred to her, was known for many things, one of them being her exercise routine. 

Even as an octogenarian, Ginsburg kept up her routine with the help of personal trainer Bryant Johnson. The two began working together in 1999 after her first bout of cancer, according to USA Today. Ginsburg even continued her routine after receiving radiation last summer.

During her memorial service Friday, Johnson honored R.B.G. by doing three push-ups in front of her casket at the U.S. Capitol:

The poignant gesture quickly became viral online, with some people riffing on the moment:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was always beating that guy at pushups. Finally, he had a chance to turn the tables.

— Sridhar Ramesh (@RadishHarmers) September 25, 2020

Others found it quite moving:

I have never cried over push ups before…but that streak is broken

— 🏳️‍🌈freedom of peach 🍑 (@demwitted) September 25, 2020

Some even conjectured that Johnson and Ginsburg planned the homage:

I hope it is an inside joke. I hope he told her, “I’ll do pushups at your funeral,” and I hope he’s paying off the bet. I hope she sees, and is laughing. This is lovely.

— Sarah Hart (@sarahhart27) September 25, 2020

This so something they prob talked about doing lol

— 💋 Shakira (@Borntempting) September 25, 2020

While performing three push-ups is an unconventional way to honor someone, it’s safe to say that Ginsburg herself was largely unconventional — and likely would’ve appreciated the gesture by her longtime personal trainer. Her workouts, like her entire persona, were notorious, and this sendoff is no exception. 

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