Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout Is No Joke

Politico writer sets out to see how hard it is
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2017 8:02 PM CST
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout Is No Joke
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg waves as she is introduced during a visit to Stanford University, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Stanford, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

With Democrats fearful that some ill might befall Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leaving another opening on the Supreme Court for President Trump to fill, Ben Schreckinger set out to determine just how fit the 83-year-old RBG is. To do so, he went to Ginsburg's personal trainer Bryant Johnson—whom she jokingly named earlier this month as the most important person in her life—and set out to do Ginsburg's hourlong exercise routine, which she carries out with Johnson about twice a week. Writing in Politico, he says the workout "nearly broke" him.

It started with a warmup on the elliptical and stretching (RBG is apparently more flexible than Schreckinger) before moving on to strength training; Schreckinger used more weight in order to simulate what RBG does, since Schreckinger is younger and male. He went through the same series of push-ups, planks, side planks, squats, and more, and learned along the way that Ginsburg barely rests between sets. "As for Ginsburg’s continued vitality, after going through one of her workouts I can confirm she could not be in better hands," he writes. "Sore, disoriented and cranky, I didn’t feel a day over 65." Click for his full piece. (More Ruth Bader Ginsburg stories.)

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