My name is Technical Sergeant Rori Ross. I’m currently stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst as an aircraft engine mechanic and I’ve been active duty Air Force for almost 17 years.
I’ve spent the last 2 years learning and growing in fitness. This year I decided to become a member of the National Physique Committee as a Figure Competitor. My best day of 2016 was when I became nationally qualified at my debut in the NPC Baltimore Classic Championship. Prepping for that competition was one of the most physically and mentally challenging journeys I’ve ever faced, but standing on that stage was so worth it. Most importantly it felt natural and I knew it wouldn’t be the last time. I plan to compete more in the upcoming year and by the end of the summer I will be competing for my IFBB pro card.
No matter how stressed I become with competing I constantly remind myself that balance is key. Before spending any time in the gym, I try my best to focus on my number one priority which is my two daughters. Being a single mom in the military can be challenging but they support every decision I’ve made from my career in the Air Force to fitness involvement to school. Aside from working on becoming a professional competitor I am also completing my Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Liberty University.
Like many others, I use the gym as a source for stress relief but I also rely on my church to help with that. Sunday is usually a rest day from the gym, so I can always be found at our base chapel. I’ve always loved singing so being a member of our choir and the praise and worship team was a must.
My goal is to create a better life for my family, but to also create one that I am satisfied and happy with. I intend to encourage women just like me to do the same whether it’s with fitness or just getting through everyday life. I want them to see that I’m no different than they are and everything we want we can attain.