RBG’s personal trainer performs push-ups in front of her casket – Health News Today

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer of 21 years performed three push-ups in front of her casket in tribute to the Supreme Court Justice and fitness enthusiast as she lay in state in the US Capitol Friday.

Bryant Johnson, who helped her stay fit and active even during her bouts of cancer, was seen dropping to the ground in the Statuary Hall inside the Supreme Court and doing the exercises during the memorial service Friday morning. 

Mourners including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris joined officials, lawmakers and the justice’s grieving family in paying their respects to the legal pioneer at the ceremony held by a female rabbi.

Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality, made history again as she became the first woman and the first Jewish person to lie in state in the US Capitol.  

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer of 21 years performed three push-ups in front of her casket in tribute to the Supreme Court Justice and fitness enthusiast as she lay in state in the US Capitol Friday 

Bryant Johnson, who helped her stay fit and active even during her bouts of cancer, was seen dropping to the ground in the Statuary Hall inside the Supreme Court and doing the exercises during the memorial service Friday morning

Bryant Johnson, who helped her stay fit and active even during her bouts of cancer, was seen dropping to the ground in the Statuary Hall inside the Supreme Court and doing the exercises during the memorial service Friday morning 

Johnson, 55, approached Ginsburg’s casket following the short service where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told of her ‘profound sorrow’ at the liberal icon’s passing and Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt gave an emotional reflection on the challenges Ginsburg faced and overcame as a woman trying to break into the male-dominated legal profession.

The personal trainer, wearing a face mask and clutching the order of service for the ceremony, walked to the casket which was placed on the Lincoln catafalque alongside a portrait of Ginsburg and two wreaths in the colors of the American flag. 

He took a moment to pay his respects to his former workout buddy before he did the push-ups on the floor of the hall. 

The justice once referred to Johnson, a 30-year army veteran, as a ‘very important part of my life’ while he described her as ‘awesome’, ‘remarkable’ and someone who never uttered the word ‘can’t’. 

Johnson has put Ginsburg through her paces in the gym for more than two decades, after they first teamed up back in 1999 when she was being treated for colorectal cancer at the age of 66.  

Ginsburg said her husband told her she looked ‘like a survivor of a concentration camp’ after battling the illness and inspired her to do something to get fit. 

The pair were introduced by another judge and committed to working out twice a week ever since. 

Ginsburg became known for her fitness regime including push-ups, planks and squats and often promoted the benefits of taking care of her body. 

They would often work out at the court gym after a day’s work while ‘PBS NewsHour’ played in the background.

The justice (pictured working out with Johnson) once referred to Johnson, a 30-year army veteran, as a 'very important part of my life'

The justice (pictured working out with Johnson) once referred to Johnson, a 30-year army veteran,…