Ruth Bader Ginsburg—aka the Notorious R.B.G—is an undeniable badass, and that extends far beyond her role as Supreme Court Justice. According to her trainer Bryant Johnson, whose book The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong…And You Can Too!hit shelves yesterday, she’s serious about her workouts—and they’re probably more intense than yours.
“She’s tough as nails,” Johnson, who has been working with Ginsburg since her battle with colorectal cancer in the ’90s and also trains Justice Elena Kagan, told the New York Post. “[She’s] the boss in court … But in my gym? She comes to work.”
Her hour-long, twice-weekly training sessions with him include jogging, full-body stretching, and strength-training exercises like squats, push-ups, and chest presses. According to Johnson, the Justice has been known to do 20 push-ups in a single sitting. Which is probably about 17 more than I, at age 28, could handle. Thankfully, I’m not alone in this sentiment: Politico recently published an article titled “I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Workout. It Nearly Broke Me.“
Ginsburg pumps iron in a justices-only gym (which is apparently a thing that exists) on Capitol Hill. According to Johnson, she usually rocks an outfit of sweatpants, a t-shirt, and a beloved “Super Diva” sweatshirt. Her workout jams include PBS’s “The NewsHour.” Truly, some Rocky-style stuff.
“One night, she had a dinner with President Obama, and she told me she’d still make her 7 o’clock workout,” Johnson reveals. “I was like, ‘You left the President early to come do this with me?'”
So there you have it, folks. Beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a beast at push-ups, owns a sweatshirt that says “Super Diva”, and ditched President Obama to hit the gym. I think we just found our new #fitspo queen.