Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turned 86 years old earlier this month and the defiant strength that has earned her the nickname of “Notorious RBG” is more present than ever.
Although Ginsburg has offered no hints that she’s read to retire, with the recent retirement announcement from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the rumors have certainly been swirling. But one look at RBG’s now legendary workout routine just might show everyone that this feisty 86 year old is far from hanging up her robe for good.
Ginsburg has talked openly about her workout program for quite sometime, even calling her trainer, Bryant Johnson, with whom she works out with no less than twice a week, “the most important person in her life“. Johnson and Ginsburg have been working out together for 18 years, minus the three years he was deployed in Kuwait. The one-hour workout was featured in detail in Johnson’s book, “The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong and You Can Too”, published in 2017.
“Do something. If you’re not doing anything then I advise you do something… It doesn’t matter what you do. You find out what is your niche and do something. Your body is made to move.”Bryant Johnson, personal trainer to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
People everywhere have been trying out the RBG workout, from regular folks who have bought the book and followed the workout and then posted their experiences online to professional journalists who have actually worked out with Johnson himself and then published articles about it. Late night TV host Stephen Colbert even agreed to a workout with RBG herself. The general consensus: THE WORKOUT IS HARD.
Obviously, the life of a Supreme Court Justice is a busy one, and Ginsburg usually works out around 7pm at a gym inside the Supreme Court and likes to listen to PBS NewsHour while she exercises. She begins with a five minute cardio warm-up on the elliptical machine. She follows that up with some light stretching, and according to Johnson, she has impressive flexibility!
After cardio and stretching, RBG moves into the strength training portion. She targets chest, legs, back, arms, shoulders, glutes, and abs for a full body workout. She does multiple sets and repetitions for each exercise, which includes bench presses, seated and standing rows, squats, and FULL pushups. (I’m tired already.)
Ginsburg isn’t stopping there- she follows up a hard plank session by sitting on an exercise ball and using a dumbbell to work her arms and shoulders. Add some balance exercises and work tossing a medicine ball back and forth and you’re nearly done.
“Remember, it took Justice Ginsburg years to perfect this routine — even some young ThunderCats can’t complete this workout on their first try. As you first attempt this workout, don’t expect to complete it quickly, easily, or even at all.”
Bryant Johnson, on RBG’s workout
By all accounts, most people are panting and sweating by this point. One can only wonder, could our fearless leader President Donald Trump handle this type of workout? Considering his current workout consists of the occasional round of golf and furiously tweeting through the night, I think not.