I tried Ruth Bader Ginsburg's workout routine for 2 weeks, and it's harder than it seems
Elana Lyn Gross
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not defined by her 85 years of age - she works out with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, twice a week for an hour.
- Ginsburg's workout is a series of full body strength exercises that target arms, chest, legs, back, shoulders, glutes, and abs.
- I decided to give Ginsburg's workout a try for two weeks - here's what happened.
If you are looking for further evidence that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can do it all, just try her workout. Ginsburg works out with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, twice a week and has called him "the most important person in her life."
Johnson and Ginsburg have been doing the one-hour workout that he details in his book, "The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong and You Can Too" for 18 years, aside from the three years he was deployed in Kuwait.
The workout starts with a five-minute warm-up and light stretching followed by a strength training session that includes push-ups, planks, chest presses, squats, and hip abductor exercises, then another round of stretches to cool down.
Here's what happened when I tried the workout for two weeks.
I am no stranger to working out.
I was up for the challenge of working out like Ginsburg, especially if it came with an honorary JD from Columbia University, a seat on the Supreme Court, or just great biceps.
If you work out from home, you’ll need dumbbells, resistance bands or tubes, a door anchor, a medicine ball, a Swiss ball, and a stool or ottoman.
It was important to me to get into character in the name of journalism, so I took fashion tips from the book's illustrations of Ginsburg and, of course, her Supreme Court style.
The workout starts with a 5-minute cardio warm-up followed by rotational exercises and stretches. I worked out for a little more than an hour.
You do multiple interval sets and repetitions for each exercise.
I did the push-ups on my knees and took short breaks when my arms got sore, which is OK because the workout leaves room for building strength.
The workouts were tough, and I was consistently sore the next day.
The verdict is still out on how fit I'll get from the workout.
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