What’s it like to be the personal trainer for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Turns out it doesn’t involve a whole lot of talking.
For a while, the working title of Bryant Johnson’s book was “How I Saved The Country One Push-Up at Time.”
It would have worked. As the personal trainer of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Johnson is working to keep one of the oldest and most liberal voices on the court in fighting shape through the Trump presidency.
“People tell me, ‘You have to keep her alive for four more years,’ and I’m thinking, ‘Why four? Why not six or eight or 10?’”
And why not help those who don’t get to wear a robe to work?
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Last fall, Johnson published “The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong … And You Can, Too!”, a whimsical-yet-serious little volume (just 128 pages) that includes illustrations of Ginsburg, 84, demonstrating the moves Johnson has put her through twice a week for the last 20 years.
And she does them he was quick to add, without modifications.
Johnson will appear at The Elliott Bay Book Company on Saturday, Feb. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. to sign books and demonstrate some of the moves he puts Ginsburg through.
“Full-strength planks, push-ups, chest and shoulder presses, bicep and leg curls, one-legged squats and knee raises,” Johnson said. “Pull downs, cable-rows. Inner- and outer-thigh. Glute work.
“Yes, we work the booty.”
You don’t really want to think about a Supreme Court Justice’s butt, but it is literally part of Johnson’s job.
As a clerk at the U.S. District Court (and an Army Reservist), Johnson became a certified trainer and started working with some of the judges there, including Senior U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler. It was she who recommended Johnson to Ginsburg, who in 1999 was recovering from treatment for colon cancer. (She never missed a day on the…