Glenn Ross

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Glenn Ross
Born Glenn Ross
(1971-05-27) 27 May 1971 (age 47)
Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
Other names The Daddy
Occupation Strongman
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 184 kg (406 lb)
Competition record
 Northern Ireland and  United Kingdom
World's Strongest Man
18th 1998 World's Strongest Man
18th 1999 World's Strongest Man
18th 2000 World's Strongest Man
18th 2001 World's Strongest Man
18th 2003 World's Strongest Man
Arnold Strongman Classic[1]
3rd Arnold Strongman Classic 2005
10th Arnold Strongman Classic 2006
Strongman Champions League
6th 2010 Germany
World Strongman Cup
1st European Master's Strongmancup 2004
Britain's Strongest Man
1st Britain's Strongest Man 1999
1st Britain's Strongest Man 2000
1st Britain's Strongest Man 2001
6th Britain's Strongest Man 2002
3rd Britain's Strongest Man 2003
UK's Strongest Man
1st UK's Strongest Man 2004
1st UK's Strongest Man 2006
1st UK's Strongest Man 2007
1st UK's Strongest Man 2008
2nd UK's Strongest Man 2009
1st UK's Strongest Man 2010
IFSA UK Championship
1st IFSA UK Championship 1999[1]
UK Strongman Docklands Challenge
3rd 1999
Liberty Strongman Classic
3rd 2009
Northern Ireland/Ulster's Strongest Man
1st Northern Ireland/Ulster's Strongest Man 1995
1st Northern Ireland/Ulster's Strongest Man 1996
1st Northern Ireland/Ulster's Strongest Man 1997
1st Northern Ireland/Ulster's Strongest Man 1998
1st Northern Ireland/Ulster's Strongest Man 1999
1st Northern Ireland/Ulster's Strongest Man 2000

Glenn Ross (born 27 May 1971) known by his nickname "The Daddy", is a Northern Irish former International Strongman and Powerlifter who has represented Northern Ireland and the UK in several World's Strongest Man competitions and various World Grand Prix and European Team competitions. Ross is the founder of the UK Strength Council and Scotland Strength Association and creator of the UK's Strongest Man competition as well as several regional and national qualifying events.[2]

Strongman career[edit]

Ross is a 5-time winner of UK's Strongest Man - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.[1]

Ross is also a 3-time winner of Britain's Strongest Man - 1999, 2000, 2001.[1]

In 2003, Ross lifted three cars with the rear wheels completely off the ground, the combined weight including the frames of the three Citroen Saxos was almost 3 tonnes.[1]

He has competed in the World's Strongest Man competition on five occasions.[1]

Arnold Strongman Classic[edit]

In 2005, Ross was in his peak physical condition. He was invited to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the Arnold Strongman Classic, the heaviest strongman competition in the world. In the first event, he shocked audience members and judges by strict-pressing the 366 lb. Apollon's Axle three times. He took first place in the Hummer tire deadlift, setting a world record of 977.5 pounds. In the Inch Dumbbell press, Ross tied for first alongside Hugo Girard and Brian Siders by strict-pressing the 173 pound dumbbell 10 times. Ross placed third behind Vasyl Virastyuk and champion Žydrūnas Savickas.

Ross competed in the 2006 Arnold Strongman Classic, but injuries to his patellar tendons severely affected his performance. Ross lost his world record in the Hummer tire deadlift to Žydrūnas Savickas. Placing 10th, it was Ross's last year in the competition.

Personal records[edit]

Powerlifting records[edit]

  • Squat - 400 kg (881 lb) [3] raw
  • Bench press - 295 kg (650 lb) [3] raw
  • Deadlift - 400 kg (881 lb) [3] raw
  • Total - 1000 kg (2,200 lb) [3] (380-240-380) (done at the Irish Senior Powerlifting Championship 2004)

Strongman records[edit]

  • Military press (standing) - 195 kg (429 lb) [1]
  • Giant Log - 115 kg (254 lb) - 19 reps[1]
  • Steel Log - 300 mm diameter - 175 kg (385 lb) max - 12 reps[1]
  • Apollon's Axle - (366 lb) - 3 reps with no leg drive
  • Deadlifted 3 Citroen Saxos at once from the back below the knees - combined weight 2750 kg (6,050 lb) [1]
  • Held a 1200 kg Citroen Berlingo Van for 176 s[1]
  • Held a 1400 kg BMW car - 76 s[1]
  • Held up 2 Citroen Saxos from the back combined weight 1700 kg for 67 s[1]
  • Deadlifted 430 kg (946 lb) 2006 UK strongest man[1]
  • Hummer Tire Deadlift - (977.50 lb)
  • Inch Dumbbell Press - (172 lb) 12 reps

It should be noted that in car-lifting events of the sort mentioned above, the full mass of the vehicle is not lifted. Instead a system of levers is used to raise one set of wheels off the ground. The load at the competitor's hands is therefore of the order of 4000 Newtons (i.e. would feel like lifting a 400 kg (881 lb) barbell). The exact load depends not only on the vehicle mass, but the distribution of that mass, which axle (front/rear) is lifted and also the geometry (i.e. lengths etc.) of the lever arrangements. This means that performances from one competition to another cannot be reliably compared.

Ross's usual catchphrase during strongman competitions is "who's the daddy?!".


He has in the past weighed a staggering 547 lbs (39 stone, 248 kg)[4] making him one of the heaviest strongmen in the world. His frame is emphasized by his body measurements; his neck is 24 inches (610 mm), his biceps 24½ inches, his chest is 63 inches (1,600 mm) and his thighs are 35 inches (890 mm), as well as a 50-inch (1,300 mm) waist. He has lost 6 stone over 2009/2010and is now 184 kg in weight. Ross has however since increased his weight to over 500 lbs (35 stone).


Ross has appeared on several TV shows, including Kelly Show, They Think It's All Over, The John Daley Show, Harry Hill's TV Burp, Celebrity Big Brother's Big Mouth, Ask Rhod Gilbert and Hole in the Wall. Ross works as a bouncer in County Down when he is not training.[5] Ross is married with two children.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Profile at Archived 24 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ UK's Strongest Man#UK.27s Strongest Man
  3. ^ a b c d
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Strongman Glenn just a gentle giant (article excerpt from The News Letter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 29 August 2000, via ''. Accessed 2008-02-05.)
Preceded by
Jamie Reeves
Britain's Strongest Man
Succeeded by
Marc Iliffe
Preceded by
Steve Brooks (2001)
Terry Hollands
Jimmy Marku
UK's Strongest Man
Succeeded by
Terry Hollands
Jimmy Marku