Winter is coming and so are my other types of Marathons – NBC TVEverywhere

I know runners like to  brag  about how little TV they watch because they’re too busy you know running/being outdoors? But confession time, I probably wouldn’t make it through Boston training or even half my workouts (or even my Sunday session binge cooking/binge watching) without my TV without the actual TV (try saying that 10 times).  As much as I like to brag about being a hardcore New Englander, I don’t really enjoy being out in high negative windchills. I do what many animals do, hibernate!

Fact,  I haven’t had  a “TV” for over 12 years when I first went to college and no I don’t really miss it. I’m never really around when things are actually scheduled and I tend to bounce around from a marathon viewing session, to 20 minutes of an episode of something while I do one of my youtube workout videos.

Watch tv without tv! All you have to do is press play from your desktop and watch your latest full episodes of NBC shows the day after they air. Or watch them all in bulk on a cold snowy or just lazy day with NBC TVEverywhere. I can simply watch one of my NBC favorite shows right from my laptop. No TV provider or cable required! And yes, it’s free.

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One of my favorite TV shows was recently “reborn” as Heroes Reborn

From creator/executive producer Tim Kring, who imagined NBC’s original critically-acclaimed 2006 “Heroes” series, comes “Heroes Reborn,” an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives. Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, a.k.a. H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Meanwhile, the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate, Renautas (Rya Kihlstedt, “Masters of Sex”), has an agenda of her own.

For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.

Now it’s time to relax, hibernate and catch up on some favorite NBC shows like Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist, The Voice, Chicago Fire!

5 Home Gym Essentials

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by LG Electronics. I am also using Amazon affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

5 Home Gym Essentials

As the weather is getting colder, wetter, and snowy, I can no longer enjoy the beautiful long runs on the trails or the roads. Instead, I end up taking my workout inside. While, my living room isn’t yet the dream gym I want it to be, I am slowly working my way there. Let me share with you some of my must haves and wants of the perfect home gym.

Hand Weights – I like to keep a set of 3, 5, and 8 pound dumbells

Workout Videos – Jillian Michaels is my go to favorite. I have her on DVD but you can also access a ton of videos on HULU, Netflix, and YouTube.

Yoga Mat – As much as I love rolling around on my hardwood floors, using a yoga mat is a bit more pleasant for core and weights.

Bike Trainer – This one is on the more pricey side, but it’s the one I have. It’s a more silent fluid model and I love it. Also keeps my roommates from getting too annoyed.

LG OLED TV – I won’t lie, this isn’t the cheapest TV model out there. I also don’t have one yet, but after previewing one last week, I would really love one. This would not only make my dream home gym, this would complete my dream home as well.

What makes this TV so great?

OLED; stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode which describes the material that creates the unique light source in these next-generation TVs.  OLED TV is a major breakthrough in display technology that offers stunning picture quality, colors that are more accurate than ever before, and more vibrant images that really pop. For those seeking the highest level of contrast and color performance, whether it’s for watching Monday Night Football or your favorite sitcom, no other TV can compete with the unprecedented contrast and stunning color of LG’s OLED TV. Simply put, the best thing in television viewing that the electronics industry has always been looking to find is finally here. Before I get more technical, let me demonstrate the picture quality alone that I got to witness. Even on my iphone photos, you can spot the difference.

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Right TV is LGOLED

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Left TV is LGOLED

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Left TV is LGOLED

The one thing that I really like is that you can truly see the colors including the black background. The concise and true colors would improve my TV experience, especially when I’m doing a three hour trainer ride and trying to watch Lord of the Rings trying my best to forget that I am literally biking on a hamster wheel. Sometimes getting through the mental barrier is the hardest part of an indoor cardio workout. A killer TV, would help over come that obstacle!

The one thing that you’ll notice about this TV is that it’s a little more curvy than a regular LCD and that curve, just like the on in the IMAX theater will improve your viewing experience, no matter what angle you’re watching from. This helps as I’m jumping around my room, or in the corner where my bike trainer has been shunned to.

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LGOLED on the right

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Slightly different angle with the LGOLED on the right. I really wish my camera didn’t blast out some of the colors so you could see the difference even more.

And the TV is so thin, it’s even smaller than a cell phone!

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How does the technology work?

  • By eliminating the needs for a backlight, OLED offers an incomparable picture quality and design potential to conventional LCD(LED) TVs

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The slide above shows how OLED TV just knocks all the other compeittion out with 160 degree viewing angle, and .001 response time.

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We’ve come a long way through the technology of TVs and LG electronics is at the front of their game being the winner of EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) Award for 3 consecutive years! In 2014-2015, LG is broadening its OLED assortment with FOUR new series and FOUR OLED TVs overall, with 55-, 65- and 77-inch class sizes! With TVs this large with amazing picture quality, one might never have to go to the movie theatres again.

In addition to being a great overall TV, the LG OLED TV is also a smart TV that you can connect to the web via remote or voice activated. That way, I can also use my HULU and Netflix accounts.

With all these great features, you can see why this is at the top of my TV and homegym wish list! So Santa…. can I get this for my birthday which is in 2 weeks? 😉

QOTD – What’s on your home gym wish list? What’s your number 1 essential?

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