Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Personal Trainer Does Push-Ups In Front Of Casket
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal trainer dropped and performed three push-ups in front of her casket as a tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice.
Bryant Johnson, who had trained Ginsburg for 21 years, was seen dropping to the floor at the Statuary Hall inside the Supreme Court during a memorial service on Friday morning.
Fifty-five-year-old Johnson approached the casket wearing a face mask and holding an order of service for the ceremony. After taking a moment to pay his respects, he hit the ground and did three push-ups.
The pair had a close relationship, with Ginsburg once describing Johnson as a 'very important part of my life', while Johnson hailed his friend as 'awesome' and 'remarkable', the Daily Mail reports.
Ginsburg and Johnson met back in 1999 when she was going through treatment for colorectal cancer. She said that she wanted to get fit, after watching her husband battle the illness and be left looking 'like a survivor of a concentration camp'.
They worked out together twice a week, with Johnson putting her through her paces with a regime that included planks, push-ups and squats.
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Johnson has even released a book inspired by Ginsburg's love to keeping fit entitled: The RGB Workout: How She Stays Strong... and You Can Too! Speaking at the time, Johnson said he hoped the book would show others that 'you're never too old to do something.'
Speaking to NPR in 2017 he said: "The beauty is that exercise is the equaliser. It doesn't matter who you are - race, religion, colour, gender, national origin, sexual preference. It doesn't matter."
After footage of Johnson's push-ups was shared online, social media users commented on the fitting tribute, with one writing: "Push-ups to honour her. What a nice reminder of what an inspiration Ruth Bader Ginsburg was as a model for fitness in later life."
Another commented: "Not sure why this move me so much. Rest in Peace RBG, I hope you knew how very respected you were and how many people's lives you touched."
While a third added: "This is the greatest thing I will see all year, I'm willing to bet she would've absolutely loved this."
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