Gym bunnies of the world, you've got nothing on Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
During a Monday speech at Berkeley Law, the Supreme Court justice told the audience that she did not pause her famous workout routine during her recent treatment for pancreatic cancer. According to CNN, Ginsburg said she didn't always have the energy to complete the full regimen but claimed she continued to "do pushups... both front and side" as soon as she got home from the hospital.
The cable news network added that her routine also included "weight-bearing exercises with her personal trainer." Bryant Johnson, who works with Ginsburg twice a week on her abs, back, chest, and glutes, wrote a book detailing how she keeps going at 86: The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong ... and You Can Too!
The Notorious R.B.G. was recently declared cancer-free after her fourth bout with the ailment. She was previously treated for colorectal cancer in 1999, followed by pancreatic cancer in 2009 and lung cancer in 2018.
Ginsburg is the oldest member currently sitting on the Supreme Court, and should she continue telling cancer to drop and give her 20, she is close to record longevity. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., the oldest justice to ever sit on the court, was 90 when he turned in his robes, followed by John Paul Stevens and Roger B. Taney.
But even as conservatives praying for a 6-3 split on a Supreme Court that already tilts to the right stick pins in their Ruth Bader Ginsburg voodoo dolls, the ardent defender of LGBTQ+ equality says she has no plans to step down anytime soon. She told Berkeley Law that she is doing "very well" and that surviving cancer for the fourth time fills a person with a "zest for life that you haven't had before."
"You count each day as a blessing," she said.
Keep hitting those dumbbells, Ruth. As the Supreme Court debates a trio of employment discrimination cases that will determine the future of LGBTQ+ rights, queer and trans people need you -- and so does the rest of America.
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