Owasso woman using fitness to overcome grief, competing to be on magazine cover

A Green Country woman is one of 10 finalists in a contest to make the cover of a national fitness magazine.

Owasso’s Gloria Cannon is also preparing for her first bodybuilding competition and using tragedy as motivation.

The gym is Cannon’s therapy.

“I do a lot of curling, a lot of abs, a lot of cardio,” Cannon said.

The 26-year-old said bodybuilding helped her navigate the shackles of mental health after losing her only child in 2019.

“I woke up and he was just gone,” Cannon said.

At seven weeks, Max died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

“Strength training gave me an outlet to grieve in a healthy way while building me up and helping it live inside of me through growth,” Cannon explained.

Now she has her first bodybuilding competition in just two weeks.

At 5’3” and 103 pounds, Cannon isn’t letting his size get in the way of anything.

“We still have a little work to do on my legs, but I’m very excited,” Cannon said. “Actually, I also had my suit made locally.”

The Owasso resident is also up for “Miss Health and Fitness”.

She is currently in seventh place. The winner would be on the cover of “Hers” magazine and would receive $20,000.

Cannon said she would use the money to get certified in physical fitness and help her mother, Virginia, who is battling brain tumors.

“She shows signs of stroke quite often and she needs help,” Cannon explained.

Cannon is once again using life’s challenges as fuel for his fitness and hopes others will too.

“Not only are you going to feel better, you’re going to make others feel better when you feel good,” Cannon said.

Cannon’s first competition will be June 4 in Broken Arrow.

The next round of the magazine cover contest for the top five ends on May 26. You can vote by clicking here.

Cannon set up a GoFundMe to help his mother. Click here to donate to the Cannon GoFundMe.

Teresa E. Burton