The Barbell is your source for bodybuilding, strength, and fitness news, advice, and culture.
From the latest research on exercise and nutrition to profiles of fitness personalities to features on diverse topics, we strive to bring you the freshest content boldly presented in words, photos, infographics, and video.
PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: GREG MERRITT
A former competitive bodybuilder, a filmmaker, and the author of three books, Greg Merritt wrote for Flex and Muscle & Fitness from 1998 to 2018. For Flex’s final 15 years, he was its senior writer and covered bodybuilding contests and workouts around the globe. He has written thousands of articles on training, nutrition, and people with big muscles. He is based in Southern California.
PHOTOGRAPHER: KEVIN HORTON
Legendary contest and workout photographer. He shot for Flex magazine in the ’90s and ’00s. He is based in England.
VIDEOGRAPHER: JOEL BARHAM
Accomplished videographer who videoed interviews and backstage content for Flex magazine. He is based in Seattle.
STAFF WRITER: ROBERT RAFTON
Accomplished writer and photographer with a particular interest in fitness and nutrition. He is based in Toronto.
The Barbell is dedicated to the memories of Peter McGough and Shawn Perine.
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