’s personal trainer said goodbye to the late Supreme Court justice through calisthenics.
was among the mourners who appeared at the U.S. Capitol on Friday morning to pay their respects to Ginsburg, who died last week at age 87. When it was Johnson’s turn to approach the flag-covered casket, he and did three pushups.
It was a particularly fitting tribute. Johnson, an Army veteran and a member of the Special Forces Airborne Unit, coached Ginsburg on her fitness regimen.
Ginsburg began working out with Johnson in 1999 at the urging of her husband,, after she had undergone treatment for colon cancer. The justice’s go-to exercises planks, bicep curls and one-legged squats, Johnson has .
“I attribute my well-being to our meetings twice a week,” Ginsburg said of her trainer in a. “It’s essential.”
Though Johnson’s other high-profile clientsSupreme Court associate justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, his working relationship with Ginsburg helped put him on the national map. In 2017, he published an illustrated exercise book, “ ” The following year, he appeared alongside Ginsburg on “ ,” where the two enjoyed an on-air workout with the host.
“She’s never, ever told me ‘can’t,’” Johnsonlast year. “She’s made little facial expressions at me several times, but she’s never, ever said ‘can’t.’”