A CLOSER LOOK: OUR DENVER SHOWROOM TEAM

To get to know our Denver group a little more, take a look below at their go-to instructors, why they love working on the team and how they want riders to feel when they clip into their journey with Peloton.

Suzanne

What do you love most about working on the team? The energy and enthusiasm that this team brings to the showroom every day!  There is a passion for the product and to help customers that enter our showroom without fail. Additionally, we are operating as a cohesive unit with everyone willing to help out no matter what the task!

Who’s your favorite instructor and why? Ally Love.  She has a gentle fearless nature which I admire!

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want them to feel empowered as they begin their journey with Peloton.  I want them to feel armed with knowledge of the bike and our services, but to never feel that they are alone if they need additional help.  I want them to know they can count on us in all aspects of the purchase, including afterwards, so that they use our product on a daily basis.

Katie

What do you love most about working on the team? I like educating people about fitness and talking to riders about the Peloton culture. My teammates are super fun as well.

Who’s your favorite instructor and why? I love Robin and Cody.  There is nothing better to me then getting a hard workout and being completely entertained the whole entire time.
Their DJ rides are hands down my favorite.

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want new riders to feel inspired, motivated, and excited about their new purchase and fitness journey.  If you believe it – you can achieve it.  Peloton helps people strive to be their very own best version of themselves.

Nick

What do you love most about working on the team? By far it’s the friendly competition! We are always discussing our latest rides, personal records, and fitness goals. At Peloton we stay in a constant state of learning, growth, and striving to be the best version of ourselves. My team is constantly helping me grow to be the best manager, coach, and to hit new highs in my fitness!

Who’s your favorite instructor? My very first ride was a live DJ ride with Jess King, and I was hooked on DJ John Michael’s grooves and witty comebacks right away! After that, I took Christine and I was blown away at how focused of a workout it was. I always PR with Christine and she helps me break through by mental blocks regarding my fitness.  Although I love all of our instructors, my favorite by far are Alex and Robin! I love Robin’s motivation style. She always seems to know right when I’m about to dial down on my resistance or cadence and always has a “swag” filled one-liner, a rally cry, or the infamous “don’t be basic” quote, to keep me pushing hard. Alex has the BEST playlists by far. He is the coach that inspires you by keeping pace with you during the hardest intervals and always finishes the race with you!

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I always want a new home rider to feel a sense of a new beginning, like they are about to embark on a new journey. Whether that means less time commuting to the gym or a class, and more time focused on family or career, or simply being able to set and realize fitness goals. Every new Peloton member should have a sense of excitement and a new start as soon as they leave the showroom!

Jono

What do you love most about working on the team?  I love the community and culture! Coming from big box gyms and other fitness environments, I love seeing the connection of people no matter their beliefs and backgrounds because we all want to better ourselves. Peloton exemplifies that unlike anything I have ever seen “TOGETHER WE RIDE FAR!”

Who’s your favorite instructor? Jenn Sherman! From her awesome music selection to the attitude of forgetting the negative and focus on the task ahead. #TSTM

How do you want a new rider to feel walking out of the store after just purchasing their bike? I want them to feel excited and encouraged to tackle the next mountain in their personal and fitness journey!
 Stay up to date with all of our Denver Showroom events on their Facebook Page here.
 Interested in working at one of our showroom locations? Find our complete list of open retail positions here. 
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Behind the making of Peloton’s “Hello. Let’s Go.” commercial with Director Wally Pfister

What was the main message behind this new spot for Peloton?

We knew that what makes Peloton unique is the connectivity around it. That was really an important factor that I wanted to make sure we got across, so we used match-cutting from one person to another to try to make that clear. We wanted to show that each person was in a different part of the country and not only are they getting a great workout, but they’re also being guided by one instructor who is keeping the whole class completely connected.

What was your favorite part of the process for putting this project together?

The shoot was a lot of fun! It was two days and we worked very hard to come up with the right locations and the right cast so, by the time we got to the shoot day, it was really a hoot! It’s a very lively style in which I shot the commercial and both Peloton and Mekanism were really on board with that. The whole team really enjoyed themselves and I certainly enjoyed myself too.

What was the most exciting part about directing the vision for this?

I think the most exciting part was the drive that was brought to it by the Ramones song. It’s an iconic punk rock song and I thought it was very bold to use it in this spot. It’s really a revolutionary song in a lot of ways. It came out in 1976 and it really was a slamming, “go-out-and-get-em”, type of song which is similar to the feeling that you can associate with Peloton; the “hey, ho, let’s go,” “let’s just get out there and do it,” feeling. That really drove me and gave me exciting ideas as far as what to do with the camera. It created the foundation for the energy in which I shot the film.

How did your background, working on films such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises influence the direction for a fitness piece with Peloton?

I come to the set with a certain set of tools and skills that I acquired over the years by doing these films, and that’s the standard that I apply to everything I do. If you look at the evening lighting in some of the scenes in the new spot, it’s exactly how I would’ve lit a set if I was shooting Leonardo Dicaprio or Christian Bale. This piece for Peloton is very high-energy and I shot it similar to how we shot a lot of fight scenes and action scenes in the Batman films. There was a lot of handheld camera work in those films that had the same spirit to the way we shot a lot of the Peloton material.

How would you describe the energy for this piece?

Intense! Intense in a good way. I think the song really gave it an incredible groove and the enthusiasm was seen on our actors. Ultimately it will become a very effective piece that will make people really excited to try out the Peloton bike when they feel the energy from the spot.

How do you want people to feel after watching this piece?

I think the goal is for people to understand the concept of the connectivity. I think it’s unique that you can be connected to 1,000 people at the same time by taking one class. Also, I really want the audience to feel this vibrant energy that comes along with the exercise that you’re doing. I would love if viewers had a smile on their face and kind of go, “Whoa, that was a trip!”

Why were you interested in working on this piece for Peloton?

I was really interested in the product because I really love high-energy material and I’ve done quite a bit of work with sports, and I really enjoy how that cuts together. It ended up feeling more like I was making an interesting spot instead of a job for me. The final element is, I’m very much into music and having heard that song when it came out 41 years ago and being a long-time fan of the Ramones, it made me confident that we could create a pretty cool piece of work.

Learn more about Wally Pfister’s collection of work here

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3 Workouts that Support a Busy Travel Schedule

A packed travel schedule calls for strong sweat sessions to keep you going. When staying with Westin, make sure to carve out some time for a Peloton class (or two!) to keep your energy high. Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby shares 3 sets of quick workouts that support a busy travel plan. Put these to use when staying at these Westin locations!

To lift your carry-on into the overhead bin with ease: Try my 30-minute on-demand Intervals and Arms ride from May 16th 2017 paired with my 10-minute Arms Beyond the Ride workout

These two workouts together are great for toning your arms. The way to grow muscle is through creating a stimulus that is greater than what you are used to; I always see results overtime when I work my arms in new ways! These combined workouts will be a change to your normal routine plus the intervals will make you sweat along the way!

After a long flight: Try my 20-minute on-demand Climb ride from May 19th 2017 paired with 5-minute Glutes Beyond the Ride workout

Climb rides are great for working those larger muscle groups like quads, glutes, and hamstrings. The heavier resistance-based rides will work your quads and hamstrings and the 5-minute glute workout will balance out all the leg work you did on the bike. This may seem like an intimidating workout after a long travel day but this will revive your lower body after sitting for so long!

Before a morning meeting: Try Colleen Saidman Yee’s 10-minute Beyond the Ride Morning Yoga, my 30-minute on-demand Groove Ride from May 9th 2017 along with Robin Arzon’s 10 minute Abs Toning

These workouts are great for the beginning of your day before back-to-back meetings. I like to use yoga to get my body warmed up and create some mental clarity for the day ahead. The Groove Ride will help you add some fun to your morning and finally, keeping your core strong throughout the ride will prep your core for Robins 10-minute Abs Toning. There’s nothing I love more than letting loose before a day filled with a lot of work. This combination will introduce a strong and relaxed mindset to be able to tackle anything.


See you soon on the leaderboard when you stay with Westin!

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Our Instructors’ Favorite Ingredients for Spring

Jennifer Jacobs

Spinach: I throw a bunch of fresh spinach into my smoothie for energy! It’s a great source of iron which is a key component in red blood cells that fuel muscles with oxygen for energy.

Strawberries: Better than throwing them into a smoothie, use them in a homemade facial to help improve your complexion.

Asparagus: This is a great source of folate, a b vitamin that helps improve your mood!

Jess King

Leafy greens: A great source of iron and rich in beta-carotene.

Vital adapt: This helps keep you from getting to your fight or flight level.

Robin Arzon

Ginger: Springtime usually brings change in diet and increased activity. Ginger is great to aid digestion and decrease inflammation.

Maca: For a nutty flavor add maca powder to juices and smoothie blends. Maca is an energizing root from the radish family and perfect for spring!

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Avocados: Avocados and avocado oil are high in monounsaturated oleic acid, a “heart-healthy” fatty acid.

Almond Butter: You can get more omega 3 fatty acids, essential for maintaining metabolic and heart health, from almond butter than from peanut butter. Almonds are known to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and control blood pressure.

Ally Love

Hot sauce: Hot sauce is usually made up of chili peppers which are loaded with Vitamin C – good for your skin, teeth, and bones. Spiciness also adds to boosting your metabolism. Most importantly, capsaicin is the active ingredient in peppers, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
 
Hot lemon water: I like to stay hydrated and it really gives my immune system a boost, a natural detox, and gives my skin a glow.
 

Matcha: I’m not a coffee drinker, but sometimes I need that pick me up so matcha is the way to go. It helps with boosting my concentration and also increases my energy and endurance levels.

Cody Rigsby

Pomegranate seeds + non-fat greek yogurt: For when I’m craving a late night sweet. This is my substitute for ice cream!

Salmon: My favorite kind of clean protein! Plus, great for an omega-3 fix.

Hannah Marie Corbin

7 Sources: I add 1 tablespoon to my food for essential fatty acids!

Wellwell water: I drink this post-ride to fight inflammation and get in some anti-oxidants and natural sugars.

Christine D’Ercole 

Electrolyte tabs: I throw these in my water to stay extra hydrated!

The Mantra Mashup smoothie: Soy milk, a frozen banana, isopure chocolate protein and PB2 to refuel after a challenging workout!

Stay in the know with all of our instructors! Connect with them on their Official Peloton Facebook pages here
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The Benefits of exercising while on-the-go with Robin Arzon

Traveling can easily derail your regular workout schedule. For some extra motivation check out my list of benefits to remain active while you’re exploring different cities. Now that you can easily fit in a workout with Peloton at any of these Westin locations, log into a ride or Beyond the Ride workout to keep your routine consistent while you’re on-the-go.

1. Break a sweat when you land in a different time zone. Whether it’s an invigorating class to set the day, or evening yoga to prepare for rest, movement can help adjust to new time zones. Clip into a Peloton ride or break a sweat with a Beyond the Ride workout at these Westin locations.

2. Lace up and see more. Walk where you need to go and let two feet be your tour guide.

3. Stay consistent. On-the-go doesn’t have to mean veering off course from your fitness goals. Busy travelers will benefit from even 20 minutes of activity. HIIT or Tabata workouts are a great option to maintain cardiovascular fitness when short on time. Better yet, you can catch either of these classes with me, live or on-demand, on the Peloton bike!

4. Go on a fitness adventure by trying a local studio, or trying a new sport. Visiting a new city or country can be a perfect opportunity to see how the rest of the world stays fit!

5. Boost endorphins and blood flow. Traveling often involves sitting for long periods of time, which can lead to low energy and decreased mobility. Whether it’s work or play, fitness will invigorate your mind and body for the trip ahead.

Put these tips in motion when you’re on the road and staying with Westin!

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Ally Love’s Top Morning Tips

Most of us can agree that mornings can be challenging especially with a packed travel schedule. Being a victim of poor early morning habits myself, I’ve teamed up with Westin to create a few go-to morning tips that can help you get up and get going no matter which city you’re waking up in. Want to fit in a workout too? Either of these are perfect to try either before or after you clip into a Peloton bike found at these select Westin locations

1. Spring Into Action

I don’t take any time to think about hitting snooze when my alarm goes off! I also don’t give myself any time to think about what I have for that day or what workout I need to do in the morning. I’ve noticed that once I start a dialogue in my head I can end up talking myself out of all the things that will kickstart my day off in the right way. Lately, I’ve been getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off; this is a “non-negotiable”! I give little thought to how I’m feeling that morning and wait to check-in with myself once I’m dressed. This practice helps me to spring into action and get my day started without delay.

2. The Hydration Game

We all hear about how drinking some elixir in the morning can help us to get going. For most people that means coffee. However, for someone like me who doesn’t do well with caffeine, I had to find an alternative. Matcha was a good fall back for a while but eventually, I found that the caffeine in this was a little too much as well. Recently, I stumbled upon warm lemon-water with honey after I lost my voice. This no-frills drink changed my life: hot water, lemon, and a teaspoon of honey. It’s simple recipe that I can make when I’m home or even in my hotel room when I’m traveling. It helps to warm up my vocal chords, kickstart my digestive system, and hydrates my body after a long night sleep.

3. Fitspo

As an early riser, one of my favorite things to do is to see what the world is up to. Yes, I suffer from major FOMO (fear of missing out). Most times that means checking Instagram or other social media platforms for news and healthy lifestyle photos that encourage me to hit the pavement! It takes finding out what makes you feel inspired and doing that in the mornings.

4. Have it in the Bag

I loathe getting up and scrambling to figure out what I’m going to wear or pack for the day. It takes too much brainpower in the morning and if there is one thing I hate most, it’s leaving the house or my hotel forgetting something that I need. Since my schedule changes constantly, especially when I’m on the road, my bag is never just “ready” to go. It takes some thought, so packing up the night before allows me to use the time that I do have to get dressed.

5. Morning Soundtrack

If there’s one thing I take for granted it’s the effect that music has on my attitude. Waking up to some good tunes can change my entire demeanor. I can admit, I’m not always the happiest person in the morning, even though I naturally get up early. It’s unrealistic to think you will always roll out of bed on the “right-side”. Putting on some music as you get ready cannot only make you feel good but also help put some extra energy in your step.

Use these tips for your mornings at home or on the road when you stay at Westin!

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Our top NYC spots to visit during Home Rider Invasion Weekend

Find our top go-to spots below to visit during Home Rider Invasion Weekend 2017

Where to Eat

Chelsea Market

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75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Find more on Chelsea Market here

Eataly

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200 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Find more on Eataly here

by CHLOE – Flatiron

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60 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

Find more on by Chloe. here

The Ainsworth

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122 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

Find more on The Ainsworth here

Sushi Seki – Chelsea

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122 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

Find more on Sushi Seki – Chelsea here

Union Fare

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6 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003

Find more on Union Fare here

The Matcha Bar

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256 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011

Find more on MatchaBar here

Cafeteria

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119 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Find more on Cafeteria here

Things To Do

Naturopathica

127 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

Book an appointment with Naturopathica here

The Whitney Museum of American Art

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99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014

See current exhibits happening at The Whitney here

The High Line

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Find more on The High Line here

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

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307 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

See the schedule at The UCB Theatre here

South Street Seaport

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Find more on The South Street Seaport here

Strand Book Store

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282 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Discover the 18 miles of books at Strand Bookstore here

David Zwirner Gallery

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525 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

Learn more about the David Zwirner Gallery here

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise

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Pier 84, West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Check out the sightseeing cruise times here

Anastasia on Broadway

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Broadhurst Theatre, 235 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Find Showtimes for Anastasia times here


Get the party started early. Find our Official Home Rider Invasion playlist here.

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Putting members first within the design of our heart rate feature

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We sat down with members of our product and engineering teams, Dave, Benoit, and Minxin to talk more about why it was important to design our latest heart rate feature with a user-centered mindset.

Why was this feature so important to put into motion?

Dave: As we’ve grown, we’ve observed an increase in the percentage of users who take workouts with heart rate monitors. It offers a very individualized metric, that is catered to their fitness level. While output is a core metric in the Peloton experience (and helps connect riders on the leaderboard), heart rate zone training is a great way for users to tailor their training to themselves.

Benoit: We’re not just streaming cycling classes but building experiences around them. When our instructors teach new techniques that become popular, we think it’s important to build them into our application so they become part of the experience! In a lot of ways, it’s what makes Peloton so special.

We know that this feature was a major request from riders. Is there extra excitement around creating a feature that’s highly anticipated by the community?

Minxin: Absolutely! We knew that the user experience would be elevated by heart rate zone training, and being able to develop the feature based on user feedback is inspiring!

Benoit: Every feature we build or change we really do with our users in mind but there’s always an extra bit of excitement when it’s something they’ve been waiting for! 

Dave: I personally enjoy following along with user feedback after the launch (either through the Facebook rider page or from our support team,) to see how our riders are using the feature. There is a lot to learn based on initial excitement, and it helps to further improve the feature down the line.

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How was this feature built with our members in mind?

Dave: This feature was a direct response to feedback from our users, and the traction that our heart rate zone training classes had. During the design and development process, we tested a number of different prototypes on users and people around the office, in the end settling on the simple solution that is now available.

Minxin: To keep the user experience in mind, we considered two aspects: the default framework that provides the user with guidance and the other is the customized framework where the user can achieve their desired heart rate zone training experience.

What was the collaboration process like for this feature?

Benoit: There is a lot of information we want to show our users when they’re taking a class and even with our amazing display, it’s hard to add new things without it starting to look like a dashboard. During this process, we worked very closely with the design team to make sure we show the information users want to see without cluttering the user interface.

Dave: At Peloton, we believe that ideas and feedback can come from all directions and departments. In this particular project, we worked closely with instructors to understand the philosophy of heart rate training, designers to figure out how to add it to the interface, and developers on the best way to execute.

How can riders anticipate this feature evolving over time?

Dave: Overall, heart rate zones is still a fairly basic feature. We stuck to the simple route so that we could deliver this without a complete overhaul of our in-class screen. Over time we think the heart rate feature will become deeply embedded into the experience, specifically as it relates to a user’s workout history. I also think there are opportunities to improve the display of heart rate zones in class, to help users better measure their rate of recovery and their overall heart rate stats for a specific class.


Learn more on our heart rate zone feature here

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BEHIND THE INSPIRATION FOR MATT WILPERS’ BOUTIQUE COLLECTION

Copy of AR5A1623_1_RT (1)What was the overall inspiration behind your collection?

I have been in athletics most of my life so I’ve learned to love gear that is not only aesthetically pleasing but is also highly functional. The Rhone training pant is an excellent piece that looks and feels great. The bib short is an absolute must for any cyclist and Hincapie Sportswear makes a great version! Finally, the tech shirt is not only fun, but it is an great shirt to break a sweat in.

What was your favorite part throughout the design process?

I loved trying on all the samples and learning about how the clothing design process works. It was fun to see what’s currently offered in the market and how it all comes together!

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Can you tell us a little bit behind each piece of the collection?

I wanted a sleek-looking pant that I could run and/or warm-up in and that dries quickly. Resistance to rain and wind was also important so that they could withstand all elements during a workout!

Normal cycling shorts have a tendency to sag during a ride. Bib shorts are much more comfortable, especially for longer rides as they prevent any chance for your outfit to become uncomfortable. I decided to add the “MW” logo to include a personal stamp.

I love a good shirt to workout in and the term “wilpered,” was created by a home rider. Not only is this shirt great to move in but it has a touch of the Peloton community integrated into it. The best of both worlds!

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How do you want people to feel when they wear it?

Since I always encourage an active and healthy lifestyle, I want someone to feel that the clothing supports their active endeavors and looks and feels professional.

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What’s your favorite part about this collection?

Tough question! I would have to say that my favorite part of the collection is the shirt because it’s such a functional piece and it speaks to the strength of the Peloton community!


Ready to grab all of your favorite pieces? Shop Matt’s collection here.

 

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Jennifer Jacobs’ Top Tips to Get Up & Go

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I’m not a morning person. As much as I would love to sleep the day away, 6:00 AM classes don’t allow for such a routine. To ensure that I am up and full of energy, below are some of the ways that I set myself up for a successful day ahead.

The Alarm Game 

Morning Rituals

  • The first thing I do when I get up is head to my freezer and grab a mask to wake up my eyes! At the same time, I prepare a hot tea: lavender & honey is my favorite!
  • While the water is boiling and my eye mask is on, I roll out my upper back, lats and also my calves with a foam roller to prep my muscles for class. It’s also the perfect opportunity to visualize the rest of the day ahead.
  • Finally, I get geared up to go. I lay out my clothes the night before which cuts down on time and has me ready to walk out the door and to the studio with little delay.

It’s All About the Beats

  • Music fuels me! I listen to my favorite playlist on my way to the studio and while I get ready for my ride. At the same time, I fuel up on a banana which is the most portable source of energy!

Ready to roll? Find your next class with Jennifer here

Stay in the know. Connect with Jennifer over on her Official Peloton Facebook page here.

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