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June 26, 2013

The Man Who Builds The Bodies Of The Law

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On weeknights, personal trainer Bryant Johnson drives through Capitol Hill to the U.S. Supreme Court and does some heavy lifting with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Johnson, a U.S. military reservist, has trained Ginsburg for more than 10 years, and the two may seem like an odd pairing. Johnson is almost six-feet tall and weighs more than 200 pounds. Ginsburg is about five-feet tall and weighs about 100 pounds.

But when guest host Sean Cole asks in this conversation whether Ginsburg is tough, Johnson doesn’t hesitate to reply.

"T.A.N.," Johnson says. "Tough. As. Nails. She wouldn’t be where she was if she weren’t."

Johnson explains how he went from records manager in a federal court house to personal trainer to judges, clerks, Justice Ginsburg – and Justice Elena Kagan. He says he’s careful to address them as justices, and that while Ginsburg, who is 80, has worked up to sets of 10 push-ups, Kagan packs mean punches during boxing workouts.

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