• Sat. Feb 27th, 2021


As lawmakers and other mourners took turns bowing their heads or making signs of the cross to honor Justice Ginsburg, Bryant Johnson, an Army veteran who served as her longtime trainer, honored her with a different kind of gesture: He dropped to the floor before her coffin and did three full push-ups.

The justice maintained a regular, intense fitness regimen despite her age and health problems, becoming famous for rigorous workouts consisting of weight lifting, squats, planks and arm presses.

In 2017, Justice Ginsburg joked that Mr. Bryant was the most important person in her life.

“I found each time that when I’m active,” she said in 2019, “I’m much better than if I’m just lying about and feeling sorry for myself.”