Lena Johannesen - Capricorn - Jan 2nd
I come from a steady family. My parents have been married for 27 years, and my grandparents have been together for a lifetime. I think that's a good way for a child to grow up, because there are way too many divorced parents these days. Our family has always been very close to nature. We always went camping, fishing, boating, swimming etc, and I still do.
I remember when I was 5 years old, and my father teached me to swim. I was so proud, and just loved it. When I turned 9, I joined a local swimming team and got hooked! I made quick progress, and started to win major contests. I made it to the National team, and earned hundreds of medals, until one day I just got "sick" of it all.... I guess it was the pressure from trainers, and maybe the interests of the opposite sex that made me quit at age 16.
But, that didn't mean that I didn't like the joy of working out. The very next day, I joined a gym close to my home. I liked the feeling of being my "own boss", and to go to my workouts whenever it suited me best. No pressure from trainers, and specific times to train. I guess I've always been pretty much independent by growing up as an only child, and that's probably why I've only been in individual sports.
I guess I got a lot of inspiration from my mother, because she had been training with weights for years, and she even competed as one of the first women in a Norwegian bodybuilding show. Both my parents are still working out, and they enjoy my achievements in the fitness industry. I entered a couple of bodybuilding shows myself and did pretty well. Even so, I didn't feel too comfortable just getting bigger and bigger.
I turned into fitness instead. I did my first fitness competition in 1995, and placed 5th in the Norwegian Championship. The top 5 got an invitation to compete as a pro, since the show was held in Norway. I was so excited, and couldn't believe that I was going to be on stage with many of the girls I only had seen and looked up to from the magazines!
This show was in 1996, and I did very well. There were 16 girls, and I placed 4th next to names like Mia Finnegan, Saryn Muldrow and Dale Tomita. After this show, there has been 17 more Pro Shows. Some of my best placings are:
1st European Pro 1997
1st Mid West Pro 1998
3rd Fitness Olympia 1997
5th Olympia 1998
7th Olympia 1999
9th Olympia 2000
3rd Fitness International 1999
4th Fitness Int. 1998
2nd Jantana 1998
3rd JanTana 2000
Interests besides being in the gym:
Hiking, biking along the coast line, rock climbing, rappelling, swimming, fishing, shooting pool, bowling, playing cards, browsing online, pets, rifle shooting/shot guns, flower decorating, movies, dining out with friends, BBQ's, traveling the world, all kinds of physical challenges.......
If you want to ask Lena a question, or order any of her 8x10 autographed photos she can be contacted at:
Address: Lena Johannesen
PO Box 325
Culver City, CA 90230