Ginsburg Still Using Justices’ Private Gym Inside SCOTUS Building Despite Pandemic

According to her trainer Bryant Johnson, the coronavirus pandemic has not stopped Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from using the private gym in the Supreme Court building.

Johnson said he makes sure to wipe down every piece of equipment she will be using during her routine, then washes his hands.

Per Law360, Gyms are closed around the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the personal trainer for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Law360 Tuesday that the justice “ain’t having it,” and is still working out with him twice a week at the U.S. Supreme Court’s private facility.

Justice Ginsburg, who turned 87 on March 15, is sticking to her twice-weekly routine of planks, pushups and other exercises with longtime personal trainer Bryant Johnson in the justices’ private gym inside the Supreme Court building, Johnson said in a phone call.

The two are taking extra precautions to wipe down equipment and keep their distance. Johnson, a federal judiciary employee, has canceled appointments with his other clients and now is only working with Justice Ginsburg.

“Everybody’s been shut down. The only reason why I didn’t shut the justice down is because, hey, she ain’t having it,” said Johnson, who spent over 30 years in the U.S. Army and now works in D.C.’s federal district court. “She has that grandfather status to me and if she wants to train, that‘s the least that I can do.”

Per the NY Post, the four-time cancer survivor works out twice a week at the justices’ private gym inside the Supreme Court building.

Her routine consists of planks, pushups and other exercises.

“She doesn’t make excuses not to do it, so we find ways to do it,” Johnson said.

To keep the liberal icon safe from germs, Johnson makes sure to wipe down every piece of equipment she will be using during her routine, then washes his hands.

“All I have to do is set it up and she just automatically knows exactly what I want to do,” he said. “It doesn’t require me to grab her, hold her, get up close and personal.”