Glenn Ross (born 27 May 1971 in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland) known by his nickname "Big Daddy", is a Northern Irish 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.
Ross is a 5 time winner of UK's Strongest Man - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Ross is also a 3 time winner of Britain's Strongest Man - 1999, 2000, 2001.
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.
He has competed in the World's Strongest Man competition on five occasions.
Squat - 400 kgraw,
Bench press - 295 kgraw,
Deadlift - 400 kgraw,
Total - 1000 kg (380-240-380) (done at the Irish Senior Powerlifting Championship 2004),
Military press (standing) - 195 kg,
Giant Log - 115 kg - 19 reps,
Steel Log - 300 mm diameter - 175 kg max - 12 reps,
Deadlifted 3 Citroen Saxos at once from the back below the knees - combined weight 2750 kg,
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 2006 UK strongest man,
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 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.