Pushing Physical, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual Limits

I just worked out for 90 minutes in nothing but compression shorts in under 50-degree weather

And it was fucking great.

At the end of my workout I got inspired to add burpees to my routine, which I haven’t done in awhile. I looked up what a challenging number was, they said “do 100 burpees in under 20 minutes”.

“Okay, bring it.”


Before I started my last set of 20 I incanted, “you’ll have to kill me before I give up. Try to make me puke. I got this.”

Boom. Done!

Everyone is talking about Wim Hof these days.

But it’s nothing new.

I’m a Tibetan Buddhist. We’ve been doing this shit for lifetimes.

It’s called inner fire. Tummo.

Look it up.

He’s not citing his sources well enough.

Tibetan monks have been meditating in icy caves for centuries.

Tibetan monks can dry a wet towel on their back.

And Wim Hof has stripped the practices of their spiritual tradition.

The spiritual tradition is a critical asset not a detriment.

My friend Farsam said we should call him Rip Hoff.

I caution you in practicing his methods.

You may accidentally turn on your Kundalini.

Pop a circuit of Ordinary Conscious.

And end up in a pseudo-psychedelic-spiritual state, unable to interpret your experience and end up in a psych ward and on meds for a few months.

A few weeks ago when the cold plunge at the Banya was extra cold in the mid 40 degrees I did two 13 min sets back to back after defrosting in the hot tub.

Last year after coming back from a meditation retreat when the cold plunge was closer to the top of its range in the low 50 degrees I set my personal record at 33 minutes.

Remember, I’m chasing greatness — I’m In Quest of Super Humanity through Consciousness, Biohacking and Entrepreneurship at http://maxmarmer.com

Crushing The 2 Hour Evening Workout

100 push-ups. 200 situps. 1 max reps. 33 inch vertical leap. Controlled handstand push up and down from crow. 45.6% muscle mass. 10.1% body fat.

Back at the top of my Game after a long Winter.

I move my Body like I move my Pen.

Integral Life Practice.

What burns through Conor Mcgregor burns through me.

“I take inspiration from everyone and everything. I’m inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers.”

“I am a workhorse. So I am going to enjoy the benefits of this life, its human nature some people will sit and take positivity from that. They will look at that and take inspiration and inspire it will inspire them to go and push for that, others will shell up and critique and be negative towards it but on thing for sure is those people will stay where they are the people who take inspiration from it will rise up and also one day experience that life.”

What burns through Ray Lewis burns through me.

“You’ve got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature now, then I was five minutes ago, cause I’m pissed off for greatness. Cause if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that just means you’re okay with being mediocre.”

“Greatness is a lot of small things done well. Day after day, workout after workout, obedience after obedience, day after day.”

Fire on the Ice of Emptiness.

Warrior. Scholar. King.

Enjoy life. Enjoy the grind.

Chase your own Greatness.

Don’t care how long it takes.

Knocked down 7 times. Get up 8.

You are your only Competition.

Surrender to Spirit.

Channel the Spirit Within.

My Vertical Leap

Measured my vertical leap yesterday: 33 inches.

Only 2 inches below the average for an NBA point guard, which is 34.9 inches.

I haven’t done plyometrics for the last 2 weeks so didn’t even feel at my most springy smile emoticon

I’ll get to 35 inches soon enough.

“I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away”

Max Marmer's photo.

Lebron James Returning to Cleveland Seen From Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

Lebron James made the right decision in returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It is better for his championship aspirations (better talent/salary/player)

Better for his brand (the only other place with out being a title chaser)

And perhaps most importantly, best for his own hero’s journey, which can stand as an inspiration to us all.

Joseph Cambell’s Monomyth describes the 3 macro stages of the Journey as 1) Departure 2) Initiation 3) Return

James needed to leave home to get to the top of championship mountain with new brothers and supernatural guides.

“I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.”

Following his journey to the peak, his fears and burdens could be released, and James has played with a freedom that has allowed him to step fully into his powers, marked by some of the best statistics the league has ever seen.

“I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from.”

Now “the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man”.


Patterns of Athletic Greatness

I spotted an interesting pattern with some of today’s most elite athletes:

Disappearing hyper athletic father, loving-sacrificing mother, surrogate father who recognizes their athletic talent and takes them in as their own.

Athletes who fit pattern off the top of my head: Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Ray Lewis, Jalen Rose, even Colin Kaepernick as a slight variant.

Possible mechanism: Great genes (where freakish athletic genes creates strong tendency for socially deviant behavior due to abundant testosterone if not in supportive social environment), strong and healthy maternal and paternal energy, incredible work ethic.

Sports as Transcendental Metaphor

There are few areas in the modern world as rich with metaphor and spiritual truth as the world of sports.

Very grateful for the years in my life when nothing was more important than sports.

The competitive fire that once burned on the field and court, now burns inside me while I run the Entrepreneurial Marathon, spar in the Philosophical Pantheon and tear it up on the Dancefloor.

It is all ONE energy transmuted into the MANY forms of our diverse, eclectic world.

Here is a gem from Kobe Bryant I just came across:

“The advice I get from Magic, Michael and those guys, that’s always sacred…that’s going to the mountain top and talking to Buddha, know what I mean? That’s privileged information.”

Byproducts: Learning from Failure and Virtues of Playing Sports

Two more examples of byproducts. Focusing on byproducts makes you less likely to achieve them. Instead focus on what the real end goal should be.

I recommend first reading the original post where I discussed byproducts: Why You Can’t Get More Happiness, Money and Love By Pursuing Them Directly

Learning from Failure

You’re first startup venture will probably fail and it will be a great learning experience that will increase your chances for being successful on your second venture. But you can’t go into that first venture with the expecation that will just be a great learning experience, because then it probably won’t even be a good learning experience, otherwise you’ll quit too early. Only if you have the unwavering irrational belief that this venture is destined to succeed will you push hard enough and long enough to learn some real lessons.

Competitive Spirit

Passion for athletics commanded the largest portion of my free time from the time I was 5 to the time I was 17. At some point around 13-14 I had some pretty tough injuries that were misdiagnosed with compounding lingering effects. (I’ve described that in some more depth in this post)

At some point around 17-18 I wound down my competitive athletics commitments so I could focus on my burgeoning entrepreneurial interests. Now that I have some distance from my athletic career I can see how much I’ve gained from sports.

The other day I was watching a Giants game and they were doing a brief promotional segment on a Giant’s sponsored program for getting more young girls involved in sports. They started listing all the virtues of playing sports, “competitive spirit, toughness, teamwork, ambition…” but hearing those traits rattled off made me want to snicker. In my experience, the only players who touted those virtues as reasons for playing weren’t very good. And the coaches who talked about those virtues to their players usually had bad teams. The good coaches and athletes focused on what they needed to do to get better, what they needed to do to win games and more importantly win championships.

I wasn’t driven by developing toughness, or being a team player. I wanted to win, and I wanted to realize my dreams of playing professionally. But I knew winning required mental toughness and involving my teammates. And along the same lines, you don’t pitch teamwork for teamwork’s sake, you pitch teamwork because it’s required to win.

You don’t chastise cheating, because it’s morally wrong, you don’t do it because it can hurt you chances of winning. Minor discrepenciases of what’s allowed by the rules are fine, and you have to weigh the risk/reward consequences of doing something unallowed.

But after my urge to mock the girls baseball promotional subsided, I realized I have all those traits, and they’ve carried over to other areas of my life even though I’ve stopped playing sports 6 times a week. And while instincts and genetics deserve credit for the existence of these traits, my engagement in sports nurtured and developed these traits.

But the reason I had such a negative visceral reaction to listing the virutes, comes down to byproducts and end goals. Teamwork, toughness, and ambition are all byproducts and by even considering them or any other byproduct as a valid end goal you make them less likely to occur.