* European Pro Champ
* Mid West Pro Champ
* Fitness Olympia 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th
* Fitness International 3rd, 4th
* Jan Tana Classic Pro 1st runner up
* Czeck Pro 1st runner up
* Finish Pro 1st runner up
* French Pro 1st runner up
* Italian Pro 1st runner up
Lena Johannesen, 46, is one of Europes most known fitness competitors and models of all times.
She has graced covers of 30+ fitness magazines around the world and competed professionally for over a decade.
Her humble character and down to earth personality, makes her a great role model and mentor for women of all ages. She walks her talk.
My page is about ACHIEVING, DREAMING, BELIEVING and DOING!
I'm happy to share this page and my 25 years in the fitness and health industry with you!
I grew up in Oslo, Norway as an only child.
I got into sports as a young age. I tried many different types of sports, but fell in love with the water and swimming. At the age of 9, I joined a club and got into competitive swimming.
By the age of 16, I had reached top National level. I found out fast that I had the competitive 'edge' in me and I liked to have a goal and a purpose for what I was doing.
I got curious about weight training by following my own mother being a trainer and bodybuilder.
I quit swimming and joined my first gym at age 16!
Competitive as I am, I missed it and started looking into magazines and competitive bodybuilding.
I did my first show at 21 years old ! I placed 2nd in the Nationals and won "best poser".
I was hooked!
I did well in European and World's (2nd and 5th) but didn't agree with where the size of the women had to be to reach all the way. And, of course I wanted to go all the way :)
I made a decision to switch to Miss Fitness competition with a more feminine look, yet muscular and fit.
Again I placed right in the top field, and turned Professional after only two tries!
Now, the International marked opened up and I was among my idols on stage, that I had followed for years in the magazines.
Again, two tries and I qualified for the TOP contest in the world - The Fitness OLYMPIA!
Everything went so fast, and I placed 3rd in Olympia 1997, and beat out my long time female 'idols' .
My career took off to a whole different level. I was the first Norwegian female fitness Pro, and first ever, male or female, to place in the top 3 in this prestigeous contest.
That was when I followed my heart and instinct, and went for my life long philosophy
"If you don't TRY, you will never know"!
I moved to the US! 26 and two suit cases in hand. No Fear! (well, maybe just a little...)
Fresh off my Olympia placing, I had eyes of every photographer and magazine on me..and no other than "The Father of Bodybuilding" himself - Mr Joe Weider.
I managed to get an endorsement contract for Muscle & Fitness magazine and Weider Nutrition - as the FIRST female Fitness athlete ever! (He only had bodybuilders previously).
I kept competing and placing well....almost always in the top 3, appeared monthly in fitness magazines around the world and landed on covers of publications I had only dreamt about.
I was living my dream!
In retrospect, I always had the VISION!
I KNEW inside me from the age of 18 that I WOULD be like the girls I looked up to..I knew I had what it took..I knew it, I saw it....and I DID it!
I believe if you have passion, drive and steer off your path....you can reach any 'dream' you have!
See it, believe it - DO IT!