Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be the oldest liberal justice on the Supreme Court, but that certainly doesn't stop her from being one of the toughest and possibly most fit. And after seeing how this truly awesome woman gets her grueling workouts in, I’m ready to step it up and see if I can handle some of her moves.
Often, when the media spotlights a well-known person's workout, I tend to give it a glance and quite possibly a yawn and move onto something else. But this workout — with one-legged squats and full push-ups — deserves a second look.
Ginsburg’s workout with Bryant Johnson — a 52-year-old who works in district courthouses and serves as a sergeant first class in the Army Reserves — starts out simply with five minutes on an elliptical. But that’s where the simple stops. After getting her heart pumping and her muscles warm, Ginsburg moves into her intense strength-training work.
Three sets of 10 to 13 reps of the following exercises (with stretching between sets):
This is an overall intense and balanced workout.
By now, I’m sure my muscles would be screaming and my face dripping with sweat, but it seems that Ginsburg is just getting warmed up. This 83-year-old, super-fit justice gets down on the floor for another round of exercises:
Back up on her feet again for legs:
And just when you think there can’t possibly be more, Johnson gets Ginsburg ready for the finale. He has her sit on a bench with a medicine ball, stand up and throw the ball to him. If she can’t do this exercise, Johnson tells her, she’ll need a 24/7 nurse — because that’s the movement you need to use a toilet. But something tells me she won’t be needing that 24/7 nurse any time soon!
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