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Cassie Smith is the Senior Editor for Bodybuilding.com. After her tenure as a college soccer player, Cassie found CrossFit and a special ability in picking up heavy shit. She is a national-level weightlifting competitor and currently holds the Idaho State record in the clean and jerk at 93kg (205 pounds).

Before she came to Bodybuilding.com, Cassie was an adjunct professor in the Boise State University English department, where she enjoyed teaching composition and literature. Now Cassie's biggest passion is helping women find confidence, happiness, and health through fitness. And also muscles...lots of muscles.

Cassie earned her BA in English at Eastern Oregon University in 2008 and her MA in English at Boise State University in 2011.

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CrossFit athlete Krystal Cantu may have one arm, but it doesn't stop her from lifting heavy and breaking PRs. This is her inspiring story!
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Protein, carbs, and fat?oh my! Read on to learn more about macronutrients, how they fit into your nutrition plan, and the easiest ways to measure them.
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Want to build muscle and lose fat? Then you need protein! Here's how much you need and how to measure it for each meal.
Section: Nutrition ::


Carbs are your body's favorite energy source. Learn which carb sources are best and how you can easily measure them without using a scale!
Section: Nutrition ::


Contrary to popular belief, fat is not the enemy! Learn how to easily add a serving of healthy fats to your diet.
Section: Nutrition ::


Get off the weight-loss roller coaster by creating sustainable eating habits instead of following an intense, short-term diet. Here's how to eat well for life!
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Kim Dolan Leto began her fitness career at age 30. Sixteen years later, she's become one of the most recognizable faces and well-known voices in the industry. Read her inspiring story!
Section: Mind ::


Don't let holiday travel or family gatherings get in the way of your workouts. Here are 5 quick, intense CrossFit workouts you can do anywhere, anytime!
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The overhead squat is a great exercise?but maybe not for the reasons you think. Find out how it can promote the mobility, stability, and strength of your entire body.
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The world has gone booty-crazy. If you want to keep up with the trend, you don't need to buy butt-lifting jeans or underwear; you need to lift!
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''Toned''?the word litters everything from the covers of women's fitness magazines to ''fitspiration'' memes on Twitter and Instagram. It's time to let it RIP.
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Meet the Schulz family. They're dedicated to health, fitness, and bringing out the best in each other. Find out how they live, eat, and train, then implement some of their advice into your own family's lifestyle!
Section: Mind ::


Nicole Wilkins broke her every-other-year victory pattern to become the first woman ever to win four Olympia Figure titles. Next stop: number five!
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Jeremy Buendia took his body and his career to the next level, unseating Mark Anthony Wingson to earn the 2014 Men's Physique Olympia crown. Here's how it went down!
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Tonight, Ashley Kaltwasser made Olympia history by becoming the first Bikini competitor to win the title two consecutive years!
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After years of coming in second place to Adela Garcia, Oksana Grishina finally wins her first Olympia title!
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For the 10th time in her life, Iris Kyle defeats a lineup of impressive competitors to win the Ms. O gold medal!
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In a fiercely tight battle between Juliana Malacarne and defending champion Dana Linn Bailey, the Brazilian Malacarne emerged victorious. Find out how it all went down!
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This afternoon, the Vegas Expo Center played host to the prejudging portion of the women's shows. Find out who rocked the first callouts and what the finals could bring!
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Love it or hate it, CrossFit has found its place in the fitness world. Not sure what you think about it? Before you decide, we dare you to try one of these workouts.
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The Men's Physique division will be part of the Mr. Olympia festivities for the second time. Find out who will win!
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Proper depth is an essential part of the squat, but many of us aren't able to reach it?yet! If you're struggling to get below parallel, here's why you should fix it, and how!
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You might be big and strong, but are you tough? Can you handle fitness challenges that aren't in your wheelhouse? Here are 7 workouts to test your weaknesses.
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He might be in the supplement industry, but he doesn't just use supps to prove a point. Here's how Chris Thompson supps to improve on the micro, macro, and performance level.
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In nutrition, consistency is everything. Here's how Chris Thompson mastered his macros and made a fail-proof program for himself.
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Learn how Chris Thompson has utilized training to failure to build his best-ever body at 45 years old!
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If you're not already familiar with Chris Thompson, you're about to receive an education in making health and fitness a lifestyle. Learn how Chris trains, eats, and supps to look great and feel even better.
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Heading to your local box to do the house WOD is one thing, but learning how to prepare your mind and body for a competition is an entirely different beast. Here's how to prepare for a CrossFit competition!
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The Sultan of the Step-over's skill is highlighted by his athletic build. Elevate your game and upgrade your physique with this Ronaldo-inspired training regimen!
Section: Sports ::


If you're thinking about starting CrossFit or wondering if you should try a class, read this. You'll learn the answers to some basic questions and find out what to expect!
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Terry Crews has made a career out of pairing a sense humor with an awesome physique. Here's how he trains, eats, and lives to be the best actor and athlete he can be.
Section: Mind ::


Supplements are designed to give you a health boost and a performance edge, and Jim Stoppani, PhD, uses them for both. Get his plan here.
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Jim Stoppani, PhD, eats protein to build muscle and limits his carbs to stay lean. But that's just the beginning. Here's his full nutrition philosophy and meal plan!
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Jim Stoppani, PhD, has to stay lean and mean for his busy schedule of photo and video shoots. Find out how he maintains his mass while staying trim!
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Jim Stoppani, PhD, is a leading voice in the fitness industry. You've read his articles, followed his trainers, and perhaps even tried his own supplement line. Now, you can learn Jim's own personal fitness regimen!
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You don't have to be a CrossFitter to appreciate a tough workout! Here are three fun WODs that elite Games athlete Marcus Hendren enjoys.
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Learn how CrossFit Games athlete Heather Welsh uses hills and trails to burn fat, build stamina, and boost her speed! Think outside the box.
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The snatch and the clean and jerk are difficult movements. So before you load a barbell and try one of them, give these progression lifts a go. They'll help you develop the speed, mobility, and power to be successful.
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Just because your food is healthy doesn't mean it has to taste bland! Samantha knows how to get the best taste and nutrition out of her meals. Check out her nutrition philosophy.
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Learn how basic supplementation helped Samantha transform her body and turned her from being a supp skeptic into a protein shaker!
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This BodySpace Spokesmodel likes to work out with various training techniques so her regimen never gets boring. Get the details of her fun, bikini-body program right here!
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Samantha Ann Leete was the perfect choice to win the 2013 BodySpace spokesmodel contest. She's positive, exuberant, and has one heck of a fitness regimen. Check out her full plan right here!
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Fitness doesn't belong to an elite few—it can belong to everybody! If you want to look like the magazine cover models, you can. Just follow these five simple rules.
Section: Mind ::


Supplements are only effective when they're paired with great nutrition and a solid training program. Learn how Brandan Fokken folds his supplement plan into a healthy program of whole foods and dumbbells!
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Nutrition is essential to fitness, but that doesn't mean your meal plan has to be complicated. Follow Brandan Fokken's protein-heavy nutrition program for a healthy mind and body!
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Brandan Fokken works out to build muscle. If you've been struggling to reach your goals, his solid training program might be just what you need!
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Brandan Fokken doesn't just practice being fit for a few months out of the year. He's dedicated his entire life to fitness and is now reaping enormous benefits. Read his inspiring story!
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In order to bring his very best body to his role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Bruno Gunn trained, ate, and supped like a pro. Learn the details right here!
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Rachel Flint's supplement regimen isn't fancy. She takes pre-workouts because she lifts so early. Her simple stack balances her nutritional profile.
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Before she gets on stage, Jen Jewell has to look her absolute best. To get there, she trains hard, eats right, and follows an air-tight supplement plan.
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Jen Jewell's nutrition philosophy is simple: find balance. No calorie-counting or food-weighing for this fitness queen! She stays ripped year round with moderate and clean meals.
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Jen Jewell's fast-paced, circuit-style workouts are challenging, but they're also really fun. Spend a week in her shoes and follow Jen's split!
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She once fell off the fitness wagon, but the beautiful Jen Jewell didn't stay down long. She lifted herself, lost 50 pounds, and earned a WBFF pro card. This is a story you don't want to skip!
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Sporting a bikini body requires the right combination of diet, training, and supplementation. Tabitha Klausen uses these supplements to aid her fitness goals.
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Tabitha Klausen's early relationship with food was unhealthy. She beat her eating disorder when she learned that good food fuels muscle growth!
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Heavy bouts with the iron turned Tabitha's skinny frame into a shapely, athletic physique. Her program helps her perform better in the gym and look great on stage!
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Tabitha's self-esteem issues followed her for most of her life. Learn how she beat insecurity, transformed her body, and found confidence with fitness.
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At the 49th Mr. Olympia, it was Phil and Kai to the bitter end in front of the biggest crowd ever. And like the last two years, Phil came out on top!
Section: Contests ::


Figure Olympia brought down the house. Read all about the ultra-competitive action and the night's surprising ending!
Section: Contests ::


The 212 men gave everything they had to the judges, but Flex Lewis fought his way to the top of the heap. Here are your results in the 212 Olympia Showdown!
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Tonight, the ladies of fitness lit up Vegas. But none burned as brightly as Adela Garcia. Her eighth Olympia title cements her place as the sport's standard bearer.
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The hip-popping, hair-tossing bikini division brought down the house. Although all these stunning women brought their best, only one can call herself champ. Tonight, Ashley Kaltwasser earned that right.
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Iris Kyle makes history and becomes the winningest bodybuilder to walk the Olympia stage.
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The Sandow goes to the best physique, but we won't know who earns it until tomorrow night. Here's what happened during prejudging.
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Flex Lewis might be the reigning champ, but he's got a talented lineup nipping at his heels. If you want to know how things might shape up tonight, here's the scoop!
Section: Contests ::


The IFBB's newest division finally has an Olympia winner: Dana Linn Bailey. This hands-down favorite gave it her all and is now the face of physique!
Section: Contests ::


It wasn't an easy choice, but the judges gave the Men's Physique Showdown trophy to Mark Anthony Wingson. Learn how he stood apart from this talented field of aesthetic bodies.
Section: Contests ::


This afternoon, Las Vegas Convention Center was home to the fitness, bikini, figure, physique, and Ms. Olympia prejudging. Find out what happened right here!
Section: Contests ::


Good genetics can go a long way, but supplements can take them even farther. Learn what Alicia uses to help you formulate a plan of your own!
Section: Supplements ::


Simple yet effective, Alicia Harris' meal plan helps her crush tough workouts and lean out for competitions. Learn more about her clean eats and occasional treats!
Section: Nutrition ::


Alicia Harris implements various training styles to carve a figure worthy of a pro card. Find out how this IFBB competitor uses her athletic background as the foundation of her training.
Section: Training ::


Former collegiate track athlete Alicia Harris needed an outlet for her competitive drive. She found it on the stage. Follow her plan and learn how to eat and train like a pro!
Section: Training ::


Healthy meals can be family-friendly. Find out how Rachel Flint eats to support her fitness goals and maintain energy throughout her busy schedule!
Section: Nutrition ::


Rachel Flint is a busy wife, mother, and captain in the Air National Guard. But she's also the winner of our 2013 Military Transformation Challenge!
Section: Training ::


Rachel Flint's fitness, nutrition, and supplement regimens aren't fancy. They're made from basic bodybuilding foundations. It might seem simple, but it can help you succeed!
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Don't let bad information scare you away from training the way you want! Learn the real story behind these eight female fitness training myths.
Section: Training ::


Every body is different, and so is everyone’s favorite supplement stack. Stephanie’s stack works great for her, but she’d encourage you to listen to your body and find out what it needs!
Section: Supplements ::


A good nutrition plan takes careful planning. Find out how Stephanie gets the most out of her food so she can train hard and have enough energy for college and motherhood!
Section: Nutrition ::


Although she has a body worth a million photographs, Stephanie's main goals are performance-based. Learn how this figure-turned-CrossFit athlete stays fit year-round.
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Stephanie Toomey's life hasn't been easy, but nothing worthwhile is. Get inspired by her love of fitness and no-nonsense attitude toward becoming the best woman and mother she can be.
Section: Training ::


Karina insists on high-quality products with very few fillers or unnatural ingredients. Find out what this sponsored athlete uses and when.
Section: Supplements ::


More than anything, Karina Baymiller believes in balance. Her fitness approach is holistic and sustainable. Learn how she applies this concept to nutrition.
Section: Nutrition ::


Just because she lost 50 pounds doesn’t mean she’s done! Karina’s muscle-building training regimen is heavy, tough, and delivers killer results. Check it out!
Section: Training ::


Karina Baymiller dropped 50 pounds of fat, but her transformation didn’t stop there. This Cellucor athlete is determined to get better, stronger, and more athletic. Follow her full fitness plan!
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David Otunga needs 250 grams of protein each day. Without some help from supplementation, he’d spend his entire day eating! Check out his full supp stack.
Section: Supplements ::


Lean protein, complex carbs, and a positive attitude have helped David Otunga earn his award-winning physique. Get the details about his nutrition plan!
Section: Nutrition ::


You'd think four or five days of professional wrestling would be enough training for one man, but not David Otunga. Follow his fast-paced, bodybuilding-style regimen.
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You may have logged some serious hours in the gym, but that doesn't mean you sound like an expert. If you've said any of these nine things, you may need to brush up on your fitness knowledge!
Section: Training ::


One little compliment changed his life. Find out how David Otunga transformed from a chubby nerd into a muscle-bound professional wrestler and actor!
Section: Training ::


All bodybuilders are athletes. It’s time we give the ladies the same respect we give to the men. Here are five reasons you should support brawny women!
Section: Contests ::


Have you ever met someone you're mysteriously attracted to? Want to know why you find that person sexy? Here are some answers!
Section: Mind ::


He suffers from Parkinson's disease and has permanent lung damage from saving lives at Ground Zero. But this hasn't kept Mark Antonek from thriving as an IFBB professional bodybuilder.
Section: Mind ::


Gal has all the support she needs to be a star. She’s also got her husband’s awesome supplement line to help her succeed in the Physique category!
Section: Supplements ::


Gal’s nutrition plan has to account for her thyroid deficiency. She eat simple, small meals in a strong advance against her metabolism.
Section: Nutrition ::


Much like her husband, Dorian Yates, Gal does what she can to leave her 'blood and guts' on the floor of the gym. Her heavy lifting is meant for one thing: building muscle.
Section: Training ::


Gal Ferreira Yates is making the switch from the Figure to the Physique division. Find out how she eats, trains, and supps for this new challenge.
Section: Training ::


Is a healthy lifestyle on your list of New Year's resolutions? Congratulations! You'll need these six tips to help you get started on the right foot.
Section: Mind ::


Read these 10 gym 'don'ts' to ensure that you're being an obliging, neighborly gym member. You don’t want to be the gym jerk!
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Dexter Jackson's place among the greats was already clear, but he further cemented his legend with a historic win at the return of the Masters Olympia!
Section: Contests ::


The quest to lose or gain weight can take people above and beyond the realm of normalcy. These six diets will make your low-carb Paleo diet look like kid's stuff.
Section: Nutrition ::


Food addiction isn't a joke, and it might shed new light on how to solve the world's obesity problem. Learn more about the relationships between refined foods and our brains.
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It can be intimidating to leap into the pit of iron and sweat, but the benefits are undeniable. These five lifts will earn you a spot in the rack, and deliver a healthy dose of respect.
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After realizing obesity was probably going to kill him, Big Boy opted for weight-loss surgery. He lost more than 300 pounds and gained a new appreciation for life.
Section: Mind ::


Nobody is perfect: the mistakes we make in our quest for fitness are proof enough. Use these blooper band-aids to get you back on track.
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Boost your cardio power! With the right supplementation, you may be able to increase energy, endurance, and fat loss!
Section: Supplements ::


It's no secret that the United States is fat. It's also no secret that there other countries with very low obesity rates. What are they doing that we aren't? Find out here!
Section: Nutrition ::


Superheroes need a super trainer. Chris Hemsworth and Scar Jo called on Duffy Gaver, no-nonsense bad@ss and former Navy SEAL. He turned them into Thor and the Black Widow.
Section: Training ::


Jonathan Eusebio knows the work it takes to coordinate a great fight sequence, and it’s not all high kicks and uppercuts. Check out this exclusive interview!
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She's beautiful, she's talented, and she can move some serious weight. Check out this knockout's knock-out shoulder session.
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In this age of pharmaceuticals, the fountain of youth turns out to be none other than good ol' fashioned exercise. If you're not training already, you should be!
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Without your mind's support, your body won't be able to make its transformation. Give your body a shoulder to lean on - get your mind right.
Section: Contests ::


Tanning, suits, makeup and posing? Where does a girl start? With this lesson, of course!
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Creating lean muscle mass is important, because it improves the basal metabolic rate, thus making dieting more efficient. In other words, train your body!
Section: Training ::


Kim Oddo has over 20 years of experience training 50+ pro athletes. Follow his nutrition advice to look your best anywhere, especially when you take the figure or bikini stage.
Section: Nutrition ::


Meet Kim Oddo: he's a fitness trainer, nutritionist and has worked with some of the best pro-athletes in the world. If you're considering flaunting your stuff on stage, it's time to go to school.
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A bodybuilder's most important muscle is his heart, and greatness comes from within. Branch Warren knows this better than anyone. He works, trains, and lives like a champion.
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Meet the Branch you don't see in the gym: the guy who loves his family, plays with his dogs and knows what it means to overcome adversity with class.
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Bad@ss Branch Warren shares his shoulder workout as he prepares to defend his title at the 2012 Arnold Classic.
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Caesar may have been told, "beware the ides of March," but it's much more important for today's presidential hopefuls to beware the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle.
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There’s a lot more to love than you think! Indulge in a superb V-Day weekend without busting your health and fitness goals.
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The truth is out there. You just need to know what to read. Check out these busted myths about birth control, the menstrual cycle and fitness.
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