Total Body Sandbag Workout

Total Body Sandbag Workout

In my quest to give you the best workouts, sometimes I gotta show you a routine that may require some equipment, like today’s Total Body Sandbag Workout.

But, I get it. Not everyone has a sandbag, a bag or even sand. If you are one of those people you can buy the pink sandbag that I use, you can make your own, or you can use one dumbbell for all the exercises (just make it heavier please, like a 10-20 pounder depending on your fitness leave).

Regardless of what you use you have to try this workout, though!

It is the BOMB! I loved filming it and I will be adding it to my regular workout schedule.

My Total Body Sandbag Workout is a fantastic:

  • Fat burning workout
  • Full length – I warm you up, work you out and cool you down
  • A high intensity workout, but suitable for all levels
  • Great at toning the legs and the strengthening the core

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Hey, and if you like these types of workouts (aka – workouts that kick your butt but give you results), then you are gonna love these:

STEP or BOSU Ball Plyo Workout

30-Minute Dumbbell Tabata 

20-Minute Fat Blast

Check out my newest blog series: A Trainer’s Weekly Menu – menu planning, prep tips and how I cook healthy.

Click here to check out Week 2.

Total Body Sandbag Workout

Total Body Sandbag Workout

 

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A Trainer’s Weekly Menu – Week 3

A Trainer’s Weekly Menu – Week 3

I have been planning and prepping my meals for the week ahead for over 19 years. It has been the one constant in my life, next to loving husband and my eyelash curler (read here about how much I love my eyelash curler).

You need to start planning and prepping, too, especially if you are serious about:

  • Eating healthier
  • Eating in more than eating out
  • Controlling your waistline
  • Feeling nourished with the foods that you eat

Cause life it ain’t gonna hand you good food through the week. You gotta plan it, prep it and then grab it for yourself.

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Notes about last week’s meals

  • Read Week 2 food menu here.
  • Last week didn’t quite go according to plan. When I realized on Sunday that I had a lot of yogurt leftover from my Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal I decided to scrap the Herb Frittata with Goat’s Cheese for breakfast and move it to lunch with a BAS (big ass salad). For breakfast I ate the rest of the yogurt with berries and Weeds & Seeds until the yogurt ran out.
  • You see I hate throwing away food. So, I am very fluid with my meal planning to adjust for times like these.
  • The Herb Frittata with Goat’s Cheese, with the adjustments I stated in my blog last week, was amazing! I ended up using fresh dill and chives, and what a treat. This recipe is a keeper and if you are looking for a high-protein, low carb meal this is it!
  • The Crockpot Split Pea and Ham soup was awesome too. Even loving husband enjoyed it. It was so easy to prep, and instead of bacon I cut up two thick slices of deli ham. I also had more than enough to freeze for a future meal. I love it when a recipe works out like that. 🙂
  • The White Bean Chicken Chili was good too. Mine wasn’t as thick as she said it would get and I used 3 cans of white beans, not 2.

TRAIN TIP: Did you see the workout I released on Tuesday? If you own a stability ball and are looking to work the glutes and target the abs you’ve got to check it out!

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BREAKFAST

  • This week I am amping up my protein in the AM with this Blueberry Lemon Quinoa hot cereal. Looks great, however if you decide to make it as well be sure to read the reviews (the first one) as the recipe developer added some additional tips to the recipe.
  • Subs I will be making: I will not be adding the maple syrup and, instead, will sub in some stevia.
  • Reading this made me so THANKFUL that I froze 3 boxes of blueberries from the summer. Love those blueberries!

Blueberry Lemon Quinoa - Allrecipes.com
Blueberry Lemon Quinoa – Allrecipes.com

LUNCH

  • Since I did not get a chance to make last week’s lunch choice, Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoe Chicken & Quinoa Soup, I am going to make it this week.
  • It just looks too good, and it is too easy to prep, to pass up.
  • I will accompany this soup with a BAS (big ass salad), which I will prep at the same time as the soup.
  • For your BAS to last a whole week I suggest using hearty veggies like peppers, cut up red/purple cabbage, snap peas, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and cherry tomatoes (not cut). I always make my salads on Saturday or Sunday and they last me till Thursday/Friday.

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DINNER

Sunday

  • We went for a HUGE hike yesterday. It is one of our faves, but it’s work (it’s a 5 hour hike, 3 hours straight up). So, to con/convince/coerce loving husband to do this hike with me I promised him spaghetti tonight.
  • He absolutely LOVES spaghetti, so I will make him a big plate and instead of pasta for me I will roast a cauliflower and some broccoli and put my meat sauce on those.
  • It grosses loving husband right out, but I absolutely LOVE this combo. It fills me up, tastes awesome and does not leave me feeling all yucky and bloated – like pasta would afterwards.
  • I have been doing this trick for a long time now. Try it, next you are having pasta.

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

 

Monday

  • I am going out on a limb with Monday’s meatless recipe, and if you are unaware of how picky loving husband is you can read his massive list of what he won’t eat here.
  • Monday night we are going to have Crockpot Vegan Chili by Holy Cow Vegan Recipes.
  • What sold me is she writes vegan recipes that even kids like, and since I described loving husband’s tastebuds to those of a 10-year old boy last week I thought “perfect!”.
  • Her chili asks for mushrooms, which I love and he hates, so I will keep them whole so he has an easy time picking them out.
  • The recipe also calls for diced tomatoes, which he will not eat, so I will buy crushed tomatoes and use those instead. He loves tomatoe sauce, he just can’t see any semblance of a tomatoe in his meal or he will not eat it.
  • Accompanying the vegan chili will be some of the BAS I prepped for the week.
  • So, a meal I will love and loving husband will not.

Crockpot Vegan Chili - Holy Cow Vegan Recipes
Crockpot Vegan Chili – Holy Cow Vegan Recipes

Tuesday

  • Loving husband has volleyball tonight and by the time I finish work and my workout I won’t be done till 6:30. So, an easy meal is required.
  • Kale salad with grilled salmon.
  • I will buy the store-bought, bagged kale salad with the cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Loving husband will eat this one (much to my surprise), so that’s the only one I buy.
  • For the salmon, I am addicted to this salmon rub that I buy locally at Coastal Olive Oil. It is the BOMB!! You have to try it.

TRAINER TIP: After you are done sitting and reading this ol’ blog try this 20-minute hamstring stretch and hip opener workout. Your low back, hips, glutes and hamstrings will thank you for it.

Wednesday

  • I teach until 7:10pm on Wednesday nights so we usually have left-overs, or I prep a slow cooker meal in the AM.
  • Since Monday we already did a crockpot recipe I will pull the healthy version of Pork Fried Rice that I have in the freezer (note: I also added an egg and a half cup of egg whites while stir frying).
  • Accompanying that will be the BAS prepped on Sunday.

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Thursday

  • Trying some turkey cups tonight, Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups, from Bev Cooks. And, I am making loving husband eat them with lettuce cups too, should be interesting.
  • Accompanying the meal will be broccoli-slaw (that awesome bagged and chopped broccoli and cabbage that kinda looks like coleslaw). Yes, loving husband eats this. Surprises the hell out of me, but I do not dare say a word.

Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups - Bev Cooks
Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups – Bev Cooks

 

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Friday

  • Since Saturday is Halloween we will probably go out tonight. Our fave thing to do is dinner and a movie. Both loving husband and I are movie addicts – so if you ever need a recommendation just email me.

TRAINER TIP: While I love movie theatre popcorn just as much as the next person (I get mine with extra butter and layered so that every handful is a greasy, cardiac-induced hangover), I don’t eat it all the time. Once in a while I go for it, but 75% of the time I don’t. Why? Well, you would be shocked to read how many calories a small popcorn is, and how two quarter pounders with cheese from MacDonald’s would be a better choice than a large popcorn. Read more here, it will shock you!

Saturday

  • Happy Halloween! Alright, that was said a bit sarcastically. I, personally, think Halloween is one of the most dumbest-ass “holidays” ever, but I get it. Some people love it. I am not one of those people so I apologize for raining on the parade of all those Halloween-er’s.
  • We do not give out candy on Halloween (surprise, surprise). In fact we keep the lights out – all night. I have given out candy once in my adult life and ended up with half a bowl of chocolate by night’s end. The following week loving husband and I promptly ate it. Neither one of us needs candy, and he definitely does not need any more sugar in his life (he’s sweet enough). So, I don’t buy candy, so then there is no candy leftover and no chance of eating it. Problem solved.
  • As for the kids, sorry tykes. But, we don’t have any children ourselves out there trick or treating on other people’s homes so I don’t feel the need to reciprocate by handing out sugar to the neighbourhood’s children.
  • I also hate getting dressed up, it’s kinda ridiculous I think.
  • And I can’t stand fire crackers. I don’t like loud noises and fire crackers scare Bella. So, tonight we will stay home and chill with baby-Bell and order in take out. And that’s Halloween at our house.

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Bella & I - out for a fall stroll.
Bella & I – out for a fall stroll.

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Women and Strength Training

Women and Strength Training

Hippocrates once said, “That which is used develops, and that which is not used wastes away”, which translated in today’s 21st century speak means “if you don’t move it, you lose it”.

Both quotes are very relevant and fitting when it comes to the human body or, more specifically, our musculoskeletal system.

How is Muscle Built?

Most people believe that it is when they are exercising that their muscles are building and getting stronger, but technically it is after the workout that the construction party begins at a cellular level.

While you’re performing your favourite squat exercise you are creating small microscopic tears in the tissue.

It is only when we are done with our strength training session, and resting that the cells go about repairing these tears, this time making the damaged fibers stronger. Stronger fibers equates to bigger and more physically powerful muscles.

Can’t I Do the Same Exercise Every Week?

Once you start your strength training routine, it will only take the muscular skeletal system about two months to adapt to that particular training routine. Once that adaptation has occurred (and if you continue with that same exercise program), you will eventually encounter an “exercise plateau”.

You are now maintaining instead of developing.

What’s the answer you ask? Variety! Variety is so important to any fitness program, whether that program is a strength-training program, a running program, a swimming program or an exercise class. You need to keep the muscles confused and the mind stimulated.

Try this awesome ladies-only Abs & Arms Workout.

But, I don’t want big muscles?

The main hormone needed, for these big muscles that a lot of women are fearful of putting on, is testosterone and testosterone is produced in small quantities in us ladies.

The only way to get big muscles like a man is to be, well a man. So, if you have a penis, then yes you will most likely gain muscle. If you don’t, then you won’t. It’s that simple.

Please, do not be afraid to pick up the heavier dumbbells as you get fitter. They won’t turn you into a muscle-bound freak. I promise.

What if I take a break from strength training? Will my muscle turn to fat?

Taking a break will not turn your muscles into fat. Instead, they will turn into a self-ticking bomb ready to detonate at any time.

Just joking. Kinda.

When we stop training the muscles start to atrophy. This refers to the actual loss of muscle mass within your muscle tissue. Our muscles begin to decrease in size and we lose that “toned” look about them.

This is why a lot of people mistakenly believe that muscle turns to fat. Because where there once was a beautiful firm muscle, is now a flabby pile of, well, flab. And, the flab got there by the muscles shrinking and your fat mass invading in on their territory.

This decrease can, surprisingly, start in as little as 72 hours, depending in how often the muscle is used in real life. So, the muscles in your legs will probably atrophy slower than the ones in your back, because we use our legs everyday.

We can dot it!

Some tips to keep your program fresh and interesting:

  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel. I am constantly uploading different workout routines, and as a subscriber you will always have first access 🙂
  • If you are over 40 (and new to exercise) begin my 6-week online fitness course: Over 40 – Becoming a Fat Burning Machine. This will literally build you up from square one and turn you into a workout machine by week 6.
  • Increase the weight that you lift  5-10% every 1-2 weeks. This will constantly stress the muscles and bones, without leaving you sore the next day.
  • Hire a personal trainer. I never give my clients the same workout twice. I am constantly mixing it up so that they can learn new exercises that they can take with them.
  • Workout to music. Studies have proven that music will enhance your exercise performance as well as improve your adherence.
  • Instead of pumping out the same 2 sets of 12-15 repetitions each week, try advanced training techniques such as:
    • Drop sets (note, there many variations of this): as you progress with your sets, add more reps while you “strip” the weight down. Example: shoulder press using 15lb for 10 reps, set #2 use 12lb for 15 reps and set #3 use 10lb for 20 reps.
    • Circuit training: perform each exercise, one after another, with little rest in-between. This is how a lot of my YouTube videos are filmed. I love this technique because I get the best of both worlds, weights and cardio. Try this workout.
    • Super setting: alternate between two different muscle groups for a set. Example: perform a set of squats and then immediately follow that with an upper body exercise, like a chest press. You can also super set opposing muscle groups, such as the biceps and triceps, or the quadriceps and hamstrings, or the pecs and lats. Try this workout.
    • Eccentric training (also called negative sets): on your last set emphasize the lengthening of the muscle, for each rep. Example: take 2 seconds to lower into your squat and then 5-6 seconds to come back up to a standing position.
    • Diminished-rest interval training: time the rest you take between sets in your current workout then in each subsequent session, try to perform the same total number of sets and reps, but reduce your rest periods by five to 10 seconds each time. I do this with my classes a lot – just don’t tell them.
    • Tabata training: perform big muscle moves, like squats and lunges, in 20 seconds intervals of hard work to 10 seconds of rest for 8 sets. Try this workout.
    • Single-sided training: train the left and right sides of your body separately to develop muscle balance and symmetry. Some examples: perform a seated row one arm at a time using a D-handle, chest press a dumbbell one arm at a time or squat one leg at time.
    • Ladder workouts: take two exercises and alternate between the two. Start at 10 (or more reps) and work yourself down, or ladder down, to 1 rep. I love doing this with burpees. Try this lower body ladder workout.

So, if women with muscles look like men, men with no muscles...

Women and Strength Training 

Teens

  • 2-3 times a week working at 50-60% of their repetition maximum (take the amount of weight that they can lift once and multiple that by 50-60%).
  • Begin with easy movement patterns to create body awareness.
  • Areas to target: core, postural muscles
  • Try this workout, No Gym Required

Twenties:

  • 2-4 times a week at 60-75% of their repetition maximum.
  • Begin with a circuit workout to include the cardio in the strength program.
  • Areas to target: glutes, postural muscles and core.
  • Try this workout, Best Butt Workout for Women

Thirties

  • 3-4 times a week at 60-90% of their repetition maximum.
  • Try a split routine, training upper body one day and lower the following.
  • Areas to target: core, upper body (especially the pectoral muscles)
  • Try this workout, Upper Body and Abs for Women

Forties

  • Loss of muscle mass and strength start to occur in our 40’s (Kravitz, 2007) so a strength training regime is a must for this age group m(which is precisely why I developed this!).
  • 2-3 times a week at 60-90% of their repetition maximum.
  • Incorporate balance tools with your strength routine.
  • Areas to target: core, upper body strength
  • Try this workout: Tank Top Arms

Fifties and Beyond

  • 2 times a week at 50-75% of their repetition maximum.
  • Women in this age bracket tend to see more success when working with a trainer or attending group classes geared for their age group.
  • Areas to target: balance, posture, core, shoulders
  • Try this workout, Hamstring and Hip Opener

Looking for some tough love training? I’ve got small group classes, one-on-one appointments, and online personal training. In other words – everything you need to get started! Check out my website here.

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Butt & Ab Workout on the Ball

Butt & Ab Workout on the Ball

I’ve been working with the ball since I started in this crazy business – 20 years ago. I have seen, and done, a lot of exercises on the ball and for today’s Tough Love Tuesday Workout I have put together some of my favourite ball exercises for a Butt and Ab Workout.

 About the Ball

 If you are new to ball training, welcome! You will love this piece of workout equipment. I use it in my Over 40: Becoming a Fat Burning Machine course, as well as with my clients and for my own workouts.

 I, specifically, love to use the ball instead of a bench for my chest press, fly and row exercises. In fact, the bench in my gym is really only used to hold my clipboard, or for step ups. If I need a client to lie down for an exercise we use the ball.

 You see, when training to be “fit for life” you want to do exercises  that will work as many different muscles as possible. That way you are ready for whatever life throws at ya – and the ball does just that.

 Butt & Ab Workout on the Ball

  

30 Min Butt & Ab Workout on the ball - full workout

 If you love these types of workouts then you might also like:

 Hamstring and Hip Opener Workout/Stretch

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A Trainer’s Weekly Menu – Week 2

A Trainer’s Weekly Menu – Week 2

Well, this new blog, A Trainer’s Weekly Menu, that I have added seems to be a bit of a hit! Thanks or being so supportive. I appreciate it and want to give back and make sure that you set yourself up for success.

Click the link below and download my weekly meal planner. That, as well as valuable food prepping tips, will be emailed right to you. How cool is that???

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Notes about last week’s meals

  • I loved the Southwest Kale Power Salad  from Cookie + Kate and it will definitely be a regular thing on my weekly lunch rotation (lunch only though, cause loving husband WOULD never eat any of that)
  • My sister from another mister does have my favourite twice-baked sweet potatoe/yam recipe up on her blog. Check out Risse’s blog and awesome recipe here.
  • Wednesday night leftover night never happened because loving husband pulled a 12 hour day and didn’t get home until 9pm. So, I had the tuna salad from the night before and the leftovers were pushed to Thursday and Thursday’s salmon dinner was pushed to Friday. So, we never had a chance to try Two Peas and their Pod Grilled Steak Fajitas, but I will definitely try it in the future. We only eat red meat, at max, once a week and loving husband MUST eat salmon once a week. That’s our deal, much to his chagrin.
  • And, after 6 days of my Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats (recipe coming) you would think that I would be pumkin-ed out. But, I ain’t. In fact I really wanted to make it again for this week’s breakfasts, but alas common sense kicked in.

A Trainer’s Weekly Menu – Oct 18- 24, 2015

BREAKFAST

Herby Frittata with Vegetable & Goat's Cheese - Cooking Light
Herby Frittata with Vegetable & Goat’s Cheese – Cooking Light

  • 1/4 C mixed nuts and herb frittata with vegetables and goat’s cheese.
  • I am a huge fan of mixed nuts as a breakfast side dish and as a snack. I find by adding more healthy fats to my diet it helps me feel fuller, for longer, and therefore keeps my waistline in check.
  • I will be changing the frittata recipe somewhat. First, I will use 6 eggs and a cup of egg whites. Second, I will put it all it in a casserole dish and bake it for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees. And, third, I will probably use dried dill. I love fresh herbs, but I find I throw away more than I use. (Yes, I know about the ice cube tray trick – freeze your fresh herbs in an ice cube tray – but I never seem to get to that.)
  • With these changes to the frittata recipe I will have 6 servings. So, one prep day and I am golden until next weekend for breakfast :).

LUNCH

  • I found this recipe on a new food blog that I am following, Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoe Chicken & Quinoa Soup.
  • How brilliant is that? A slow cooker meal (so nice and easy to prepare), with all my favourite foods.
  • I am on the fence, though, about whether or not I will add the chicken. I usually don’t eat meat during the day. I just never really have the appetite for it. So, if I decide to go sans chicken I will add some more black beans, or quinoa to the recipe to amp up the protein.
  • For dessert, cause lately I have been craving something sweet after lunch, I will buy a big ass bag of grapes. I love grapes when my sweet tooth (teeth!) kick in. They always squash the craving and fill me up. Now, I have been seeing (on my Instagram account) cotton candy grapes and they are apparently awesome. I haven’t seen them make an appearance locally, though. How about you? Have you heard/tried them? Let me know below in the comment section. I’m curious about them.

Sweet Potatoe Chicken Quinoa Soup - Chelsea's Messy Apron
Sweet Potatoe Chicken Quinoa Soup – Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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DINNER

Sunday

  • We are hoping to hike on Sunday (if the weather cooperates), so if we do I will use a Slow Cooker Beef Roast and Veggies meal that I have in the freezer, ready to go (the recipe in the link uses only carrots, I also added a parsnip, potatoe and a sweet potaote).
  • If we don’t hike, then I will make a double batch of Skillet Enchilada Bake (loving husband requested this), and freeze one batch for future use.

Monday

  • Meatless Monday is a hard one in my house. Loving husband, in case you didn’t know, has the tastebuds of a 10-year old boy. He will not eat:
    • Quinoa
    • Tomatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, most squashes, sweet potatoes (he will eat the odd chunk in a stew, but not a whole one), avocado
    • Black beans, white beans, etc (he will only eat canned beans in tomatoe sauce. However, I do make him eat the others when I add them to a dish. There’s only so much patience I have.)
    • Yogurt & sour cream
    • Salsa – he puts ketchup on his tacos
    • Healthy peanut butter (he will only eat Skippy)
    • Any nut butter
    • Almond milk
    • Berries, pineapple, any citrus fruit
    • Cheese (I can get away with cheese in some dishes, but I always use half of what any recipe calls for)
    • Seafood (he will only eat fish & chips, haha…go figure, and the mandatory salmon I bake every week)
    • Now you know the pain I go through, each and every week, when it comes to meal planning 🙂
  • This meatless Monday we will have the twice-baked potaote again (me sweet potatoe, get the recipe here) and I will bake them with my prep later today so we just have to re-heat the day of.
  • Kale salad, this is my fave and loving husband will eat it to.

Tuesday

Crockpot Split Pea Soup - Family Fresh Meals
Crockpot Split Pea Soup – Family Fresh Meals

Wednesday

  • Leftovers from last night for Larry, a protein bar for me 🙂 I am teaching until 7:10pm and then I am off for a presentation right after. There will be no time for me to eat and I do not want a meal at 9pm at night. So, I will munch on a bar while travelling to the event I am presenting at and then have a mug of Natural Calm when I get home.
  • Natural Calm is awesome. It restores a healthy magnesium level and balances out your calcium intake—the result of which is a natural stress relief. After a speaking event I always find that I am really wound up, so this will help calm me down, fill my belly a little (I won’t lie, I will be going to bed hungry though) and help me fall asleep.

Thursday

  • White Chicken Chili – Once Upon a Chef
  • Recipe adaptations: I will NOT be using a jalapeño or the poblano peppers. Both loving husband and I do not like spicy. We find we are spicy enough.
  • Spinach Salad prepped from Tuesday night

White Chicken Chili - Once Upon a Chef
White Chicken Chili – Once Upon a Chef

Friday

  • Salmon Casear Salad
  • Instead of croutons I use pumpkin seeds – surprisingly loving husband does not complain about this and eats them.
  • I do not make my own dressing, though. I have tried in the past only to have loving husband not like it and barely eat any our supper (he never complains, he just doesn’t eat it). This, in turn, leaves me wanting to stab his eyeballs out with a dull spoon. So, to save our marriage (and keep me out of jail for attempted manslaughter) I use this store bought dressing that we both approve of.

Renee's Half the Fat Caesar Dressing
Renee’s Half the Fat Caesar Dressing

Saturday

  • Eat out or take out 🙂
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies. I am a cookie fiend! I love cookies and will either bake some, or pick one up at our local coffee shop in Beach Grove where they sell Fieldstone Cookies.
  • Fieldstone’s is a bakery in South Surrey (near Crescent Beach) that makes the BEST baked goods, including cookies, in the world. If you are local go check them out. They are awesome.

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