by Bryant Johnson
For readers who don't know who RBG is - she is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a US Supreme Court Justice. She is 84 years old and a much admired woman in our country.
This very charming book was written by her personal trainer. It is small but very inspiring. The back cover says it all:
How does Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court's favorite octogenarians, stay so active and energetic? She owes it in part to the twice-weekly workouts she does with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, a man she's called "the most important person" in her life (after her family, of course). Now, with The RBG Workout, you can exercise alongside Justice Ginsburg and Bryant. Whether you want to keep up with one of America's most admired women or just reach your own fitness goals, this book is for you. Case closed.
The book holds no surprises or short cuts - many of the recommended exercises are ones recommended by my physical therapist. And the exercises are graduated in difficulty as you would expect allowing reasonable start. They are designed to fit within an hour. It all seems like typical common sense stuff - stuff that you have heard before.
But stop for one moment and think about these facts ...
- She is 84 years old! I have known a number of folks in their 80s - and they aren't able to do even 25% of the simple exercises in this book. After nursing a knee since May, I can't do most of them either!! She is 84 - I am 70! hmm ... That fact alone makes my head spin.
- This woman can do full push ups AND planks!! Even SIDE PLANKS. I bow to that achievement.
- She wears a sweat shirt when she exercises that says "Super Diva!" How can you not love some one their 80s - mid 80s!!! - who struts a sweat shirt like that!
- If you think she has exercised all her life - you are wrong! She began this program slowly in her 60s - after surviving a bout of colorectal cancer. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation her husband described her as looking like "Auschwitz survivor." And now, folks, she can DO PLANKS!
|The illustrations are all drawn. The exercises are well described with suggestions for frequency and repetition.|
I hope you will check out the small but powerful little volume that is dedicated to not giving up on yourself no matter what your age or condition. (Of course, checking with your physician is recommended before starting an new exercise program.)
These last 6 months have been frustrating for me ... limited by a lame leg despite weeks of PT and still walking with a cane. And the journey to regaining 2 normal legs is not quite finished. At 70 it doesn't take too many months of inactivity to reduce you to a person older than your biological age. I feel that way everyday now. But the words of her trainer in the Introduction rang out very true for me.
"You may have an appointment to the most powerful job in the world,
but your body will still have veto power over you.
And you're the only one with jurisdiction over your body,
so if you don't use it, you will lose it."
Thinking of putting that quote on my fridge!
One last observation - I received 2 copies of this book. This was not intentional - I think my brain experienced a hiccup! *sigh* So many parts of my body need attention! :-)
Happy Thursday all!