Mindset for Knocking Out New Workout Goals: 1K Situps

1,000 sit ups in under 21 minutes.

At the start of the year my isolated ab workout consisted of a 1 rep max of 150 sit-ups.

I heard Arnold Schwarzenegger talk about doing 1,000 sit ups in a session, and thought, “I want to do that, too”.

So at the start of the year I started increasing my 1 rep max and then doing multiple reps at that level.

A few weeks ago my max was doing 3 200-rep sets.

Tonight, I felt the warrior energy coursing though my veins and went for it:



Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

The key is you need to learn how to shut up that voice in your head that is telling you to stop, that is telling you to avoid discomfort, avoid pain.

Emptiness Meditation dissolves this voice and its role in the Ordinary Mind.

But the Trekchö approach of throughly cutting through, is when that voice arises, you say “you’ll have to kill me” and then it’s done.

Changing your relationship to Death and seeing it for what it Truly Is, is one of those recurring patterns to breaking free from the Matrix of Ordinary Reality.

“I think, personally, that having a vision is the most important thing for one’s success,” Schwarzenegger said. “If I wouldn’t have had a vision, I wouldn’t be standing here today…

…I saw myself very clearly, and I was so convinced that if I started training up to five hours a day like a fanatic, believing, that one day I will get there,” he said. “When people saw me working out five hours a day, smiling, having a great time they all thought this guy must be crazy … but I couldn’t wait to lift another 500 pounds, I couldn’t wait to do 100 chin ups, I couldn’t wait to do another 1,000 sit ups because every day, every step of the way, every weight I lifted was taking me one step closer to turning this vision into a reality.”

Welcome to My Workouts


I have a soft, sweet and sensitive side.

I have a deeply contemplative, scholarly and spiritual side.

This is my warrior side.

To paraphrase the great poet Walt Whitman,

Do my parts contradict themselves?
Very well then I contradict myself,
I am large, I contain multitudes.

In an era where men increasing fall into two camps: 1) Assholes or 2) Heartfelt and Lost…

My closest brothers and I are a stand for the next emergent frequency of Masculinity.

One that cultivates the raw, passionate, intensity of the Primal Warrior, directing that energy into Purpose and Love.

A strength that is ferocious in its power yet precisely guided by elevated and compassionate moral principles.

This Masculine Energy is feared by many as violently unsafe…

And while there is truth that this energy is dangerous if not cultivated or wielded correctly,

This danger is inherent in any emergence along the Metaphysical Strand of Power.

And a widespread collective cultivation of a new Integral Masculinity is one of the pre-requisites for…

Transforming the status quo of a world whose dominant trajectory is presently Existential Chaos.

And yet I remain confident that new energies along with inner and outer systems are coalescing which will Unfuck The World.

Pithy Post Potpourri – Winter/Spring 2018

If you and your partner(s) can’t both reliably access a state of awakened awareness beyond the ordinary sense of self then any exploration of non-monogamy will inevitably lead to an increase in pain and suffering.


When you lose your cool, when you get triggered do you tell yourself to raise your game and live up to a higher standard?

Or do you justify why it was okay to lose your cool and ascribe fault to other people and external circumstances?

This is one of the key regular decisions that separates the extraordinary humans from the ordinary.

I love my morning meditation view so much.

There is a reason yogis go to the mountaintop.

The sparkling, harmonious, blissful, spacious, luminous nature of reality is unassailably clear.

People who don’t utilize the tool of debt and credit in their life have been afflicted by a false sense of lack.

They lack sufficient belief in themselves.

And they lack a willingness to invest in themselves for the long run and to bet on themselves.

The question for analyzing whether debt and credit is worth utilizing is very simple:

Can you create more value, faster with the money you are loaned than the interest rate you are given?

One of the worst decisions the masculine can make is to seek comfort.

The masculine grows through setting big goals, pushing to exhaustion and then savoring accomplishment in the recovery phase before setting a new bigger goal that lies beyond the new expanded comfort zone.

From the higher perspective there is no such thing as rejection.

There is just energy jostling around trying to find its way into proper alignment.

From the higher perspective there is no such thing as failure.

There is just feedback about what needs to be improved and recalibrated.

Black Panther was so much better than the Last Jedi.

Plot and Story Arc.

Character Development & Consistency.

Visual Effects.

Empowering portrayal of Cultural Minorities.

…the script for Luke Skywalker was particularly terrible…acting like someone who was never a Jedi

…so many of the Star Wars characters felt like forced affirmative action plays rather than authentic casting.

…One disappointing feature of the Wakandan’s was that for being so technologically and culturally advanced in many dimensions, they still had an Ethnocentric Worldview when looking to the outside world, opining about how to help downtrodden and oppressed blacks around the world rather than how to help downtrodden and oppressed humans with their technological prowess.

All for now. No time to be a detailed movie critic.

I am currently reading the Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo.

Who else has read it?

My personal website is titled In Quest of Super Humanity and I’m coming to see how my intuitive guidance has been (previously unbeknownst to me) plugged into the same source as Aurobindo’s, especially with respect to his articulation of the Supermind and its Divine Unfolding through Humanity’s Involutionary Process.

Your body is an instrument that the Consciousness of your Soul learns to play.

An Evolved Soul is therefore a masterful musician.

Back on my own again and restarting my cooking skills after 2 years of dormancy.

Immediately noticing a shift in my relationship to food preparation as I’ve deepened my relationship to the fundamentally universal nature of subtle energy in all things.

Succinct infographic of a lot of misguided class warfare and anti-wealth sentiment from the Liberal Left.

Always remember that how we react to every moment of our life will reinforce either our negative habits or positive habits. No matter how challenging life may be, each moment can be seen as either a problem or an opportunity. If we can understand this, we can start to bring our entire life to the path.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

You might ask, ‟If I have Buddha nature, why can’t I perceive it right now?”

It is because, like gold hidden in its matrix, that nature is hidden by our habits that we have accumulated since beginningless time. These habits have been created by our disturbing emotions and then reinforced by the actions that those disturbances have produced.

~ Shechen Gyaltsab

The ultimate nature of the mind is empty and without basis. It is intangible like empty space. But this is not a nihilistic view. Self-arisen, primordial consciousness is original, clear consciousness. Self-arisen and self-illuminating, it is like the essence of the sun.

~ Guru Rinpoche


Beware the New Fasting & Exercise Fads, or Lions vs. Gazelles

Before experimenting with a new diet or exercise regime, use this simple litmus test:

Does the person recommending the program look healthy?

A lot of fasters look gaunt, like they are about to die.

I feel like I could huff and puff like the big bad wolf and blow them over.

The same goes for marathon runners.

Marathon runners look like Gazelles.

Sprinters look like Lions.

Kings of the Jungle.

Life is actually much more of a series of sprints than a marathon.

The high performance coaches I follow teach that building physical and energetic strength is about cycling from period of significant stress to period of deep recovery.

Who do you want to be?

A roaring majestic lion or a gaunt, skinny twig?

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.”