Tanji was born in Bamberg, Germany and grew up as an Army brat living her adolescence in Germany and Korea. She attended Irmo High School after her father retired and ran track & field. She was also the founder and Captain of a hip hop dance team called Irmo Divas. Her strict upbringing laid the foundation for who she is today.
She attended the U.S. Air Force Academy where she went through basic training, learned how to be a leader amongst her peers. She was a varsity cheerleader and a member of the cadet Honor Guard and went through several intense military programs like survival training and marine corps officer training. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Humanities and commission as an Air Force officer when she graduated in 1997.
As an officer, she served as an admissions officer in the minority enrollment department of the Air Force Academy and as the head cheerleading coach. Her next assignment was to Fairchild AFB in Spokane WA in 1999 where she served as an aircraft maintenance officer responsible for the management and maintenance of the KC-135 Aerial Refuelers.
Tanji separated from the Air Force and saw Fitness as an entertaining and challenging way to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as help change society’s concept of a “real woman”. She began competing in fitness in 1998 and then took a year off when she got deployed during Operation Allied Force. Since then, she has competed in the Fitness America Pageant, Women’s Tri-Fitness, NPC, and now IFBB.
Her goals in the fitness industry are to minister God’s grace and love through her influence and lifestyle. Tanji has been involved in the fitness industry for over 10 years. Tanji is well known and currently ranked Top 2 in the world in IFBB Pro Fitness. She has earned 6 professional IFBB fitness titles in her career and is a strong contender to become the next Fitness Olympia Champion, which is the most prestigious Pro Fitness competition with world-wide recognition and coverage.
Tanji serves as a Fitness, Figure & bikini coach (over 300 women influenced) to her Save Fitness Team that she founded in 2008. She co-promotes the Vancouver Natural Bodybuilding and Tanji Johnson Fitness/Figure Classic where over 235 athletes compete from all over the northwest. She marketed the first ever Figure Posing DVD called the Art of Posing that has helped hundreds of women learn how to pose for NPC/IFBB competition. As an entertainer, Tanji performs many guest routines for Bodybuilding and Fitness competitions and is known in the industry as the Energizer Bunny!
She has been a contributing writer for Max Muscle, Natural Muscle, Faith & Fitness, NPC News, Bodybuilding.com as well as a featured model in Oxygen, Flex, Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Ironman Magazine and graced the covers of H2O and Natural Muscle magazine.
Tanji is highly respected for her Christian values and integrity in the industry. She is also known for her versatility as she runs marathons, trains cross fit, competes in IFBB Pro Fitness, stars as an American Gladiator and promotes her Tanji Enterprises DVD series and conducts business as an entrepreneur.
FITNESS (Professional Highlights)
2011 Arnold Europe Classic 1st
2011 Fitness Olympia 2nd
2011 Fitness International 2nd
2010 Fitness Olympia 2nd
2010 New York Pro Fitness 1st (6th Pro win)
2010 Fitness International 3th
2010 Arizona Pro Fitness 2nd
2009 Fitness Olympia 2nd
2009 Atlantic City Pro 2nd
2009 Fitness International 10th
2008 Fitness Olympia 5th
2007 Fitness Olympia 4th
2007 Europa Pro Fitness 2nd
2007 All Star Pro Fitness 1st (5th Pro win)
2007 Fitness International 4th
2006 Fitness Olympia 4th
2006 Europa Pro Fitness 1st (4th Pro win)
2006 All Star Pro Fitness 1st (3rd Pro win)
2005 Emerald Cup 1st (2nd Pro win)
2004 Fitness Olympia 8th
2004 Fitness International 9th
2002 Jan Tana Fitness Classic 2nd
2002 Toronto Fitness Classic 1st (First Pro Win)