RBG’s personal trainer Bryant Johnson spotted doing push-ups at funeral
Overcome with emotion for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, personal trainer Bryant Johnson was compelled to honor his inspirational client with three steely, somber push-ups.
Since Friday morning, the body of the beloved jurist has lain in Capitol Hill’s Statuary Hall, where the sculptures of many great state leaders are watching over her casket. The 87-year-old champion for gender equality died on Sept. 18 from complications of pancreatic cancer.
The socially distanced viewing has already seen dozens of lawmakers and political VIPs pay their respects, while remote mourners are tuning in to a live feed at the site — many of whom were stirred by Johnson’s unorthodox dedication.
“I have never cried over push-ups before . . . but that streak is broken,” tweeted one viewer in response to C-Span’s coverage.
“what a kick a$$ way to pay tribute to RBG,” added CNBC broadcaster Dominic Chu.
However, the uncustomary tribute was interpreted as disrespectful by some, despite Johnson and Ginsburg’s well-documented client-trainer relationship, which lasted over 20 years.
“This is beyond weird,” said one viewer while watching the NBC News livestream.
In 2017, Johnson wrote a book based on the workout he designed for the unshakeable justice, who stood just 5 feet 1.
“She’s tough as nails, and she’s serious about her workouts,” Johnson told The Post in 2017, following the release of “The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . . . And You Can Too!” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Push-ups, he said, were a big part of their routine, and the justice never missed them.
“She gets mad if I try to skip the push-ups,” said Johnson, a veteran Army reservist.
Her full-body routine also included jogging, presses, curls, rows, squats and planks, which she hated, according to Johnson.
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, the justice was said to have maintained her fitness regimen religiously. Johnson told CNBC in June, “We are consistently working out.”
“There is no excuse,” he said of the justice. “You either do it or you don’t, and that’s her attitude. She shows up.”
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