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A former competitive bodybuilder, a filmmaker, and the author of three film industry 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. Greg Merritt’s work for Flex has been honored in Best American Travel Writing. He is based in Southern California.


Legendary contest and workout photographer. Kevin Horton shot for Flex magazine in the ’90s and ’00s. He is based in England.


Accomplished videographer who videoed interviews and backstage content for Flex magazine. Joel Barham is based in Seattle.


Accomplished writer and photographer with a particular interest in fitness and nutrition. Robert Rafton is based in Toronto.

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