Ruth Bader Ginsburg — aka "RBG," an outspoken justice of the US Supreme Court, one of four female justices appointed, and one tough lady still going strong at the ripe age of 83 — has just revealed one of the secrets of her longevity: Her impressive 19-part workout. RGB's exercise routine involves fitness machines, planks, squats, curls, even medicine ball tosses.
If 83-Year-Old Ruth Bader Ginsberg Can Handle A Workout Like This, Can You?
We're all about excellent exercise (just check out our popular at-home fitness shows like Namaste Yoga, Fitness First Class, and Rock Your Yoga) so we say, Ginsberg's workout is a must try. The Supreme Court justice's comprehensive routine that can be scaled to different experience levels and body types. The difficulty comes from the workout’s vastness and repetition. It’s a true test of will.
The workout is the brainchild of Bryant Johnson, a 52-year-old sergeant who trains Ginsburg and fellow judges Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. This recent Politico piece, written by a journalist who tried the workout, noted, “Asked earlier this month about the most important person in her life, Ginsburg, who was widowed in 2010 and lost a close friend with the 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, responded, 'My personal trainer.'"
Here’s A Breakdown Of The RBG Workout. Good Luck!
All exercises include 10-13 repetitions, and three sets.
Note that you can do some of these exercises at home, others require a trip to the gym and use of different machines. Unfamiliar with any particular exercise? Ask a trainer at your gym for assistance.
Tell us: Can you make it through her whole routine?
- Five minutes on the elliptical machine.
- General stretching.
- Machine bench press (Ginsberg usually presses 70 pounds, according to Politico).
- Leg curl machine.
- Leg press machine.
- Chest fly machine.
- Lat pulldown machine.
- Seated rows.
- Standing rows.
- One-leg squats (that's right, Ginsberg can handle one-leg squats!)
- Push-ups. (Start on a wall, or on your knees if needed… Ginsburg did.)
- 30-second standard plank.
- 30-second sideways planks, each side.
- Hip abduction leg raises.
- Squats against an exercise ball, against a wall.
- Dumbbell curls against an exercise ball set against a wall. (Ginsberg pumps 12 pound weights.)
- Platform step-ups.
- Squats on an upside-down bosu.
- Medicine ball tosses while standing up from a bench, and sitting back down.
Check out a breakdown of the whole workout here.