Bryant Johnson, who was Ginsburg’s personal trainer and friend for more than 20 years, just honored her by dropping and performing a set of three pushups in front of the casket in Statuary Hall.
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Johnson’s pushup tribute to Ginsburg was captured on CSPAN, and has been praised on social media as an unconventional, yet entirely fitting, way to eulogize a woman who was so well-known for taking her fitness as seriously as her career. Ginsburg famously worked out twice a week well into her 80s—even last year, when she had broken her ribs and was undergoing cancer treatment.
The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . . . and You Can Too!
Johnson, a Sergeant First Class in the Army Reserves and a U.S. District Clerk court, is also the creator of Ginsburg’s infamously grueling fitness regime, and even wrote a book on it: The RBG Workout… How She Stays Strong, and How You Can Too! In a 2018 interview with the Seattle Times, Johnson even joked that the working title for the book was How I Saved the Country One Pushup at a Time, in reference to Ginsburg’s precarious status as a minority left-leaning seat on the Supreme Court.
Amid the homages being paid to Ginsburg from lawmakers, politicians, journalists and other pundits, Johnson’s wordless salute may rank among the most meaningful.
“While it might be a bit unorthodox, it’s truly fitting of her strength and the admiration people have for her,” wrote one commenter on Twitter.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues.
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