|Kathy Smith - Step Workout (1992) [VHS]
|List Price: $9.98
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Kathy Smith's Step Workout is a splendid introduction to step for the novice, and a solid workout for intermediates. The main workout consists of three 12-minute, progressive step segments. Beginners do only the first, then fast-forward to the cool-down; intermediates do the first two; seasoned steppers may do all three. The beginning segment uses very simple moves repeated frequently: the basic up-up-down-down, knee lifts, toe taps, leg curls, and leg lifts. The intermediate segment introduces more moves, still presented simply, and puts them together into simple combinations. It's athletically more challenging, but not complicated. The advanced segment adds more strenuous moves such as straddles, lunges, and gentle propulsion moves. After the cool-down is an abdominal segment using the step as a slant board, and then a short upper-body sculpting segment starting with pushups and then using weights. At the end, a special teaching guide for novice steppers demonstrates the basics of stepping. Experienced steppers who like a lot of choreography will get bored quickly, but if you want the athleticism of step without complicated choreography, you'll be happy here. Smith's cueing and safety guidelines, as always, are excellent. --Joan Price
- 2 thumbs up
EXCELLENT video if you are a novice stepper or if you have not been physically active for a while. Step routine is very basic and does not contain a lot of fancy dance moves. This is ideal for the novice stepper who needs to learn or perfect the moves. I am extremely uncoordinated and found this video to be basic, yet effecient. Highly recommended to beginners and those that are out-of shape!!!!!!!!! I am going to try her Power Step video now!...more info
- One of my favorites
I really like Kathy Smith's workout videos. They are easy to follow and she gives options for various levels of users. If you're a beginner, it's probably better to get one of these on DVD instead so you can easily skip thru the advanced section. but after doing this video for a few weeks (about 2x a week, alernating with other videos and cardio to get 3-4 cardios per week), I find that I can complete the entire video....more info
- Kathy Smith: Step Workout
This workout video is perfect for my daughter and myself. We are beginners to step aerobics. With the Kathy Smith Step Workout we get a full exercise session at a pace we can handle. I give 2 thumbs up for this product. ...more info
- Not the best
I did not love this workout. I have done step before and even the advanced portion was boring and simple. I enjoy a workout where I can break a sweat and I end up skipping this one on my DVD shelf more often than not.
If you are just starting out with step it's probably a good option; if you have done step before you will probably find this too easy....more info
- Thanks to the Other Reviews!
After reading the other reviews, I went ahead and purchased this DVD. I am sort of new to step aerobics and needed something for beginners. This was it. I have been doing this DVD and another one for 3 weeks now 4-5 times a week. And have had spectacular results! I have lost almost 10 lbs (a change in diet helped too)! If you are looking for a beginner step DVD, this one is it. In my opinion, this is a great DVD to start off with; I am ready for a more advance DVD. I am looking at Karen Voight's DVD's right now. Good luck with the battle of the bulge! I hope this review helps! ...more info
- Hard To Follow For a Beginner
Although I do believe that this video would be great for an advanced person, I had a hard time following the instructions. I have never attempted step aerobics and this is not the way I wanted to begin. I had to make up my own steps because the video was too confusing and hard to follow. Maybe I am too uncoordinated, but I wanted a video that would be easier for a beginner to follow....more info
- Not for me.
I rated this video as a 2 because I feel it's boring and annoying. Kathy doesn't step to the beat of the music and she seems to be overly trying to enjoy herself. I've tried this tape 3 times and have decided that it's not worth doing because I get too annoyed....more info
- Love this step workout!
This is a great step workout! I love how the video is broken down into different sections, so you can choose how much or how little you want your workout to be. It's really great for all fitness levels! I especially like the upper and lower body sculping at the end of the video, but I do wish the cool-down stretch was a little bit longer because it feels great after a hard workout. It's really great for beginners as well; Kathy Smith shows you learning strategies to make sure your doing the step moves correctly to prevent injury. Very nice way to workout at home......more info
- . . . snore . . .
While you might get a good workout doing this video, it'll only work if you can stick with it and finish it without being bored to tears. It's simple and repetitive, and I couldn't stick with it for more than a few days. Plus, the eighty's aerobic thongs are kind of a turn-off......more info
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- Finally...a good one.
I have been doing step aerobics for 10 years, both in the gym and at home with various videotapes. This is the first aerobics tape I have purchased that I have really liked. It's not a dance routine...just straight forward aerobics, which is exactly what I like. There are so many different moves and combinations that you don't get bored easily, you can do as much or as little as you feel comfortable doing, and Kathy is easy to follow. This is an excellent workout....more info
- Basic But Effective
I own this video on VHS, but I'm putting it on my Wish List to have it on DVD. The workout itself is 69 minutes total, and it provides a decent cardio workout as well as some strength training. Most of the routine is very basic, but I found it to be effective. Kathy's cueing is great, and I like how she even turns the class over to some of her castmates to lead. While the video is over 14 years old and the clothes are a bit dated, it's still holds up great. A good workout for beginner to intermediate steppers....more info
- Great Simple Workout to Maintain A Workout Regimen
I've been really meaning to get into shape and started step aerobics. I'm a teacher and some days I am totally exhausted when I get home and have very little energy left. I would like to get a hard core workout everyday, but realistically, I'm just lucky to make dinner without falling asleep. So, I ordered Kathy Smith's Step Workout DVD and found that it was easy to get back into the workout mood with her routine. She does very simple moves, they can be repetitive and maybe too easy if you are advanced, but the great thing about them is that once you learn her moves they really build your confidence, you can do the routine without paying too much attention to her directions and can really focus on getting a more concentrated workout. Another thing is that her routines are short. Usually when I feel like I'm just about to stop she's finishing her routine, so I hang on and feel good about not giving up. That's especially helpful on those days when I'm too tired to work out because I know I can get through her workout because it's so familiar, so it's helped me not to stop my work out regimen....more info
- Kathy Smith DVD ***EASY to follow
I have actually had the VHS version of this for years. To have it on DVD is wonderful! Since I usually do the same part of the video, now there is no need to wait for it to rewind or fast forward....more info
- Back to straightforward step aerobics
A wonderful alternative to going to the gym. You will need to purchase health-club-quality step (I got mine on-line) which is a bit pricey, but worth it. The video quality is good, commands are clear, music is acceptable and appropriate to the moves. When done all the way through, the workout gets intense. Bonus intro to strength training is short and sweet, making the point that there is more to fitness than stepping. Too bad that the fitness clubs have all but eliminated step classes. I keep telling mine to get back to basics, but they're hooked on trendy gimmicky classes - with BAD MUSIC. ...more info
- A Good, Thorough Workout
Every once in a while, I like to rotate my exercise routine to a step workout. Step aerobics isn't my favorite way to exercise, but, I have to admit, it's an effective way to boost the heart rate and workup a good sweat. And I like to feel as if I've done something!
As step videos go, this one is excellent, IMO. The choreography is basic and not dance-like, so most people will be able to catch on to the moves quickly. It's divided into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced sections, with a thorough warmup and a toning/strengthening cool down. For a total body workout, the toning section requires hand weights and, of course, a basic step is used throughout the video.
Kathy does a good job of cueing before each move and recommends adding more height to your step if you need more of a challenge. I use a standard step bench, at a height of 8". This is a great way to exercise the muscles of your hips, glute, quadriceps (front of thighs), hamstrings (back of thighs), and calves. Common problem areas for many women, including me! She combines this with frequent arm movements, as well.
All in all, I give this DVD two thumbs up! With the mix of cardio and strength training, this is a good workout to add to your rotation.
Wow Scale: 9
Difficulty: Best for Intermediate - Advanced
Studio setting: basic studio, with hardwood floors; clothing is a little out-dated, but not too bad
- Makes You Sweat, Easy to Follow
I'm really pleased with this videotape. I tried the Keli Roberts step tape and maybe someday I'll go back to it, but it was just too complicated for me. I felt like an uncoordinated klutz trying to follow her moves. This tape by Kathy Smith was much better for the average person. I've done step before and am pretty athletic, so I wouldn't describe myself as a beginner. I was able to keep up with Kathy aerobically, and after a couple of times, was able to follow her moves well enough to avoid having to pause and rewind the tape to figure out what was going on. My alternative exercise is a four-mile run, and frankly I found this tape even more challenging. By the time you get through the three aerobic routines you will definitely be sweating and breathing hard!! I really liked the fact that she finishes up with a simple leg, abs, and arms routine. You can skip it if you want, but I like to use it most days for some additional toning. I'm planning on using this tape regularly on the days when I don't run....more info
- An Excellent Workout
I decided to try this DVD after signing up for a step class that was fun and challenging but also very dancy. This is a great workout- the moves are athletic rather than dance, and you learn so many of the basic steps. Although the choreography was fairly simple, you will still get a great workout. Be ready to sweat. ...more info
- Great video!
This one of my favorite step workout videos. It's a complete body workout. Kathy es very well coordinated and the video is adapted to all fitness levels. She is very dinamic and easy to follow. I'd recommend this video, specially if you are new at stepping, you'll learn the techiniques and all the different ejercises to help you shape your lower and upper body. Once you feel more confortable with this video, and become more advanced in stepping and want a more challenge workout try the Kathy Lee Power Stepworkout, which is a great one too....more info
- I love it! WHEN WILL IT ARRIVE ON DVD!
I bought this after my 2nd baby was born. This is THE BEST workout tape I've ever done. I use it all the time. I love the 3 part segments. If I'm feeling lazy on some days, I only do the first 12 minute segment. It's easy to follow & gives you a good workout. I like this tape because I can actually follow the moves without getting lost...and still get a good workout. All other tapes are either so difficult with moves that I can't keep up & it's no fun, or either so easy there's virtually no challenging workout. The biggest plus is that because I have a bad back, this is a safe workout that I don't feel I'm at risk of injuring my back. This is the best workout time I own & I'm desparate for it to arrive on DVD. Anyone know the answer to that?...more info
- I was wrong
I'm a Brit and a daily home exerciser who was looking to add some American variety to the daily routine; this is one of the DVDs I chose, pretty much at random from reading reviews, as I don't know your fitness gurus. I am editing this review, as I have revised my opinion of Ms Smith since doing her (wonderful, IMO) Pregnacy workout and subsequently returning to this. I said before that while I have had to admit that many of the American exercise programmes are way better than the British, and I did think this a good, solid workout, I was NOT keen on Ms Smith: she seemed patronizing, knowing none of us is ever going to have either her body or her fitness ability, and seriously chuffed with herself. But I can see now that I simply hadn't tuned into her style, which is professional in the extreme rather than chummy. In fairness, even in my first version of this, I couldn't give the workout less than four stars: it genuinely builds from beginner up, it is fun to do, and - for me at least, who normally does other kinds of cardio than step - I definitely broke a good sweat without huffing and puffing. And now, I have to say that while this will never be my fave DVD for various reasons, I do now like Kathy Smith and have in fact just ordered another of hers. ...more info
- Finally a workout I can actually complete!!
After trying for months to find a workout I could actually complete I ordered Kathy Smith's Step aerobics workout. I had tried Tae Boe, aerobics, country linedancing aerobics, etc and found that either I was unable to complete the workout or I was so uncoordinated that I ended up just quitting. I am still in the beginners section of the workout but am able to complete the workout without getting discouraged. I love the ab workout (my problem area) and the upper body toning exercises. It has spurred me further and I have just ordered her Lift Weights to Lose Weight video. Kathy is a great motivator and doesn't have the annoying, overpowering voice that so many "weightloss guru's" have. Thanks Kathy!!!...more info
- a different opinion....
I found Kathy Smith to be difficult to follow, and just plain irritating. She makes up her own terminology for familiar steps which make the workout difficult to follow. Her cueing is inconsistent and there are even times in which she is off the beat. Of all of the step workout tapes that I have, I like this one the very least!...more info
- Kathy Smith Step Workout
I received the item without the dvd inside the package. I will never order from amazon again. My rating in a zero and will let people what a rip off you people are....more info
- EXCELLENT WORKOUT
I love this tape! It is my favorite KS tape! I do all three segments & really get a great workout. I have recently raised my step to the highest level and can already tell a difference! This works your legs great! Its a long tape but so effective. I do this one when I have plenty of time! You will definitely sweat!!...more info
- Targeted toward beginners
This would be a great video for a beginner stepper; otherwise, it's pretty boring. It's very repetitive - I found myself counting down the minutes until the end of each section. Ultimately, it did get my heart rate up and I got a pretty good workout. I just didn't enjoy the process at all....more info
- Lots of fun!
I used to take regular step classes about 10 years ago, but apart from horseback riding have done nothing along those lines since then. Having just turned 40 I decided I should probably start doing something and began wondering what I would enjoy and stick with. Step aerobics popped into my mind and I went ahead and bought a Step, mat, weights and some videos.
I had such a blast the first time, and even though it's been a while I found I hadn't forgotten most of the moves (a couple of goofs on my part, but Kathy's explanations weren't to blame). I even felt comfortable enough to complete the entire workout without having to skip through any sections.
I need motivation, and Kathy and her crew gave me that. The moves aren't complicated, they are well explained and, in my opinion, the video is suitable for anyone from a total beginner (skip the more advanced sections) to an advanced-intermediate. Not to say an advanced stepper wouldn't have fun and get a good workout, but the moves are not complicated and the more adventurous sorts might want to have a more complex, highly choreographed workout.
In summary, it's lots of fun and I look forward to my workouts!
One minor point -if I had access to a DVD player where I choose to work out in the house, I'd probably pick that over VHS. It would just be easier to skip through the intro, which certainly isn't necessary to watch each time....more info
- Great Workout
This is one of the best workouts I have ever done. And I am not a fan of working out. I had a baby about 2 years ago. Put on a ton of weight and this video helped me get my figure back. I highly recommend it. ...more info
- Good intermediate step workout
I am not well co-ordinated and prefer simple routines to follow. I was worried that this might be too easy because I own other Kathy Smith DVD's and find them boring and easy. I hadn't done step in about ten years until about a month ago. I do all three segments and get a really good cardio workout. I didn't like the ab or upper body segments at all. If you prefer more complicated moves or are an advanced stepper, this is not for you. I haven't found any exercise videos/DVDs that have good music and as far as instructors go, Kathy Smith is easy to follow and probably one of the least annoying. It's a good intermediate step workout....more info
- good but could have been better
I liked the fact that you have the 20 minutes workouts and also a choice (two sets of exercises at the same time) allowing you to decide which one you want to follow depending on your energy level. Otherwise, i found that the steps are hard to follow, there are no warm up or cool down exercises. Kathy smith does not lead her audience through the steps and seems more concerned in enjoying herself. The crew also seems somewhat lacking in discipline and their comments in the background is rather distracting. I had bought this video because i felt that my post partum Denise austin video was becoming too comfortable - after 3 days with this one - I am back with Denise Austin....more info
- Decent Step Workout, good for 1st time steppers
The first thing that I want to say is that Kathy is excellent at cue-ing on this DVD. She makes the workout really easy to follow, even if you've never done step before. It consists of 3 stepping segments:
Segment 1: 12 minutes long. Very easy, standard stepping, but will get your heart rate up. Beginners should end here and move to the cooldown.
Segment 2: 13 minutes long. Kathy adds more complex (but still easy to follow) stepping and more add on sequences. Intermediate steppers should end here and go to the cooldown.
Segment 3: 10 minutes long, for advanced steppers, or those in good cardiovascular health. Kathy moves the step to face the other direction to add a bit of novelty to basic stepping.
Kathy has 2 heart rate checks (after the 1st and 3rd segments) to make sure you are in the right "zone" and explains what to do to get your heart rate higher or lower, depending on your needs. The only problem I have with this is it is only based upon age, not physical fitness.
There is an extra 4 minute segment after the 3rd intensity to cool down and get some squats in.
After the cool down there is a 5 minute abdominal toning section that shows many different step placements for those individuals with different needs.
After abdominal work there is an 8 minute upper body segment complete with push ups and weights. Nothing too hard here, but a good start if you don't spend a lot of time toning the upper body. A good 8 minute toning for time crunched people.
After the upper body toning section is a 4 1/2 minute stretch that doesn't cover all areas you worked out, but it'll do for most people.
What's weird about this DVD is that after the entire workout and toning sections there is a technique section that teaches you how to do the stepping, a must view for first time steppers. Unfortunately some people don't realize it's on the DVD because the menu is 2 screens long.
Overall, a decent step video for those who are just starting out, and a good workout for steppers overall. If you add all the toning the workout is over an hour. I wish there was slightly more time on cardio though.
- Excellent Total Body Workout!
I work out every day and use a step aerobics tape between 4-7 days a week. This one is one of my favorites in a rotation of 13 videos I currently use. Kathy Smith is one of the best instructors. Her directions are so good that, after using this tape a few times, one can actually complete the moves without having to watch the screen (which makes it easier to maintain proper body alignment). She mirrors her instructions (when she says "left" she means YOUR "left") and it's very fun. Smith and her crew seem to have a great time which, to me, rubs off on the viewer! The video starts with an 8-minute warm-up and follows with three step segments from beginning level to advanced (12, 13, and 10 minutes respectively). One can fast-foward to the 5-minute cool down after the first or second segments if they are just beginning step aerobics or if they are hard-pressed for time). After aerobics, there is a 5-minute ab toning segment which utilizes the inclined function of the Original Step. Finally, there is an 8-minute upper body toning segment using hand-weights (one can probably improvise with cans of veggies, etc.) Finally, you cool down with a 5-minute stretching segment. Few videos are as well-rounded as this one and, although it's about an hour and ten minutes long, it's over before you know it because it is so fun!...more info
- Kathy Smith's Step Workout
I have had this one for years and it is great! If you are new to step this is the video for you....more info
- Best Classic Step Tape Ever
I have owned this tape for about 7 years and still use it at least once a week. It's a little long - about an hour - but it's very easy to skip around and choose which segmetns you want to do to fit your schedule. The moves are easy to catch on to, but still interesting enough so that you won't get bored. She includes a great, super-quick lower-body sculpting segment. Also, there's an abs segment, but its a little awkward - Kathy has you do it on the step, but it still gets the job done if you just don't use the step.
- Great Step Video!
I just bought this video a couple of weeks ago and WOW! I am fairly new to step and this workout really kept my heart rate up and I was really sweating. There are 3 segments to this video. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. I just got through the Beg & Inter the first time I did the tape. No really fancy moves, just your simpler steps that are more sports oriented than dancy. There is also a small ab segment and about an 8 minute upper body toning segment so you will need weights with this video. I definately recommend it for someone looking for a good solid step video....more info
- Good workout but bad music
I recieved my video today and am a little dissapointed. The workout is good and I did work up a sweat, but the music is just plain dull.. I like to exercize to music that's motivational and makes you want to work ..not zone out....more info
- Dated, but a good workout
Lots of fun...I like this DVD not only because of the workout, but also because of the information it gives to the stepper...I didn't know that stepping was the equivalent of jogging 7 miles per hour! She also give step heights for different abilities (Beg/Int/Adv) and very clear, consise instructions. Okay, the clothes and hair are a bit dated and the music is kindy hokey, but I did get a great workout and was able to redo the previous section with just the push of button to get a full 45 minute aerobic session (otherwise it's 35 minutes Beg=10 min, Inter=13 min, Adv=12 min). The warm-up (8 minutes) and cool down (5 minutes) are sufficient for the workout
- Great home step aerobics
I just finish this dvd and I must say I was sweating crazy. The step workout varies from beginning, intermideate and advanced level. I used the taller platform for beginner and intermideate segment and the shorter platform for advanced. I liked the ab section and I improvise my weights during the toning section, I used heavier weights recommended from the workout. I love it because it's a total body workout in 1 hour, comparable to gym class without the distraction. The outfit, music, or quality of the picture didn't bother me, it's the quality of the workout I'm after for....more info
- amazing low impact workout
I had been looking for a low-impact workout that really gets my heart rate up. I found it! Even with heel problems I am able to do this video. You can easily adjust it to your fitness level because it is divided into three sections. Kathy smith not only has excellent queing, but she is very good at teaching the moves. It is very easy to follow, fun, and a great workout for weight loss or just general cardivascular heath. I highly reccomend this video....more info
- Kathy Smith-Step workout
This is definitely one of the best Step workout videos available. I purchased the video cassette in the late 90's and was thrilled to find it in Amazon.com on DVD! ...more info
- Fun, lots of sweat
Another Kathy Smith success - interesting but not too complicated, adjustable and effective. I am an experienced exerciser but have no stepping experience; I find this workout quite easy to learn, although some coordination is required... I think it's a fun hard (but not too hard) workout that's a great addition to your Cardio training DVDs....more info
- Decent Workout for Beginners, but Annoying Host
As a beginner, this tape was quite effective and a great introduction to Step-Aerobics, but now that I have been doing step aerobics for over a year at the gym and using other tapes, I find this tape very boring and too easy. I find myself adding "power" moves to the moves Kathy is doing to make it more challenging, even during the advance portion.
Speaking of Kathy, she seems very uncomfortable in front of the camera and it is almost as if someone off camera is telling her and her crew to look like they're having fun. It doesn't seem real. Especially with her half-embarassed forced sounding "Uh-huh's" peppered throughout the tape...and how about Richard's mullet and sweaty hanes t-shirt...ew!
That's all, if you don't mind the awkward fake enthusiasm, you will have an effective beginner's workout.
Good luck!...more info
- From a clumsy girls point of view
Okay, so I'm not a gazelle. I'm not graceful and I'm not light on my feet. We have an eliptical which is probably best suited to my skill level. It's hard to fall off of one. :-) But I hate it. I mean, I devise ways of not looking at the clock and the minutes just drag on and on and on. So I bought a step and I bought this workout as my introduction to stepping based on the stellar reviews here at Amazon.
I love it! Stepping is really much less boring than the "eviliptical". Okay, so I fell down on my #@%#$% the first time I followed this tape. I would chalk that up to me, not the tape. As a child my grandmother put me in ballet. After two lessons the instructor met her at the door and told her I'd be better of in tap. The fact that I only fell once and didn't kill myself is actually a testimonial for Kathy Smith!
I would advise anybody who is new to stepping and coordination-challenged like me to skip doing the arms when first starting. Just look at the feet and do those. Add in arms slowly over time. I still do just feet in some things. And be careful with the move "over the top" because that's the move that sent my feet "over the top" of my head.
The ab section is short, but a killer. Don't start on the incline! Just start flat.
Kathy is fairly easy to follow, the music is cheeful, and the moves are challenging enough to keep you from thinking about how much it sucks to actually do them. All in all a great workout for me! The only annoying thing is Kathy does let off a high pitched "drill team" squeal once in a while and say things like, "Now that you've got that down let's pick up the pace" (Uh, wait, I don't got that down!) Thank God for rewind. But all in all she's a lot less "chipper" than some other aerobics tapes, so it's not bad. And Kathy doesn't have an annoying voice either--a big plus! She's also older. I find it easier to take instruction from somebody who isn't carded when the buy booze.
- Good advanced step
I did enjoy this DVD, however it is advanced if you are just a beginner. It also has a lot of toning including lunges that are hard on the knees which I think may be important for some to know. I much prefer Gilad's step video, but this one is more challenging than Cher and not annoying....more info
- One Wheel in the Sand
I'm an avid step-aerobic exerciser and consider myself knowledgable and informed when it comes to this subject. I was excited to view this video after having read the comments about it on Amazon.com. Much to my dissappointment, it was not all that I had hoped it would be. I suspect that I may be a little particular when it comes to working out. This video is well over 50 minutes long, broken into segments designed to cater to individual workout levels, and never seemed to get started. The music is terrible and reminds me of some new age chanting...hardly motivation to get pumped up. The only redeeming quality is that the sculpting portion at the end of the video is pretty effective. I do not recommend this video to spunky people who are serious about their workout "working them out"!!...more info
- Great Step Workout!
With no prior step experience, I started to use this step workout a few month ago. With three kids on my hand, I don't have always time to do it, but step by step I got from Beginner Level to Intermediate. It took me a while to learn all the moves, but I can do them now without looking on the screen. I get a nice sweat and really feel that I have done something good for my body. Kathy Smith is a very good instructor, and you can follow the moves quite easily after some practice. I recommand this DVD to everyone, who wants to start a good step workout. It's really great!...more info
- KathySmith Step Workout
I absulutely loved this excercise DVD. Kathy Smith teaches each new move first and does plenty of repetitions, to be able to learn them with ease. This DVD is split into sections so you can choose the best workout for you. This workout is a total workout without over doing it. It includes Step, Body sculpting and Weigths. Kathy Smith is easy to follow and very up-beat. I felt rejuvenated after this workout....more info
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