27 May 1971
Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
|Other names||The Daddy|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||184 kg (406 lb)|
Glenn Ross (born 27 May 1971) known by his nickname "The Daddy", is a Northern Irish former International Strongman and Powerlifter who has represented 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 Irish Strength Association and creator of the UK's Strongest Man competition as well as several regional and national qualifying events.
Arnold Strongman Classic
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.
- Squat - 400 kg (881 lb)  raw
- Bench press - 295 kg (650 lb)  raw
- Deadlift - 400 kg (881 lb)  raw
- Total - 1000 kg (2,200 lb)  (380-240-380) (done at the Irish Senior Powerlifting Championship 2004)
- Military press (standing) - 195 kg (429 lb) 
- Giant Log - 115 kg (254 lb) - 19 reps
- Steel Log - 300 mm diameter - 175 kg (385 lb) max - 12 reps
- 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) 
- Held a 1200 kg Citroen Berlingo Van for 176 s
- Held a 1400 kg BMW car - 76 s
- Held up 2 Citroen Saxos from the back combined weight 1700 kg for 67 s
- Deadlifted 430 kg (946 lb) 2006 UK strongest man
- 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) 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. Ross is married with two children.
- Profile at irishstrongman.com
- UK's Strongest Man#UK.27s Strongest Man
- Strongman Glenn just a gentle giant (article excerpt from The News Letter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 29 August 2000, via 'highbeam.com'. Accessed 2008-02-05.)
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Steve Brooks (2001)
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