Jan 31, 2013

By: Brady Stewart

Take a moment and think about what discovery means to you.  To some it may mean breaking new ground in work or life.  To others it may be finding a known solution to a common problem.  Remember the first time you discovered a passion.  It may have taken you days or years, but you discovered it for yourself…and it was exciting.  It added purpose and confidence into your life.

Light Bulb Discovery

Take a look at your training.  You might be training with pre-determined methods and training programs without discovering what it takes for you to ideally train.  There may be a coach at your facility that only wants you to train his/her way.  Most of the time, this will lead to mediocre results.   If you have someone around you all the time telling you what to do and when to do it, are you really learning or discovering anything?  Are you holding progress back by allowing this to happen?

The exception to this would be the beginner athlete.  Beginners need direction and a course laid out for them.  However, when this beginner reaches the intermediate classification, they should begin to branch out and seek knowledge from new sources (top athletes, coaches, or studies) and finding or developing new methods to add value to their training regimens.  When they do this, it turns them into a pathfinder instead of a follower.

Many of us don’t have the luxury of being trained by a world class coach, with world class facilities, and pay-for-everything sponsorships/contracts.  If you fall into this category, you’ll have to start thinking about your goals and how you are going to achieve them.  Understand that no one is going to carry you to a world championships medal ceremony, but yourself.

If you want to be average, do what everyone else is doing and do what is popular.  If you want to be extraordinary, discover your own way.

When you look at most of the great strength athletes of our time, they share some commonalities.  To become great, they had to pave their own way.  They all train differently, have different diets, and have formulated their own methods.  The many variables that make up their success have been adapted over time, by the athlete, for the sole purpose of increasing strength and progressing forwards.  This shows the importance of discovery.  The athlete must discover the philosophies, methods, and intricacies that make them stronger, all the while never stagnating in their progress.  Stagnation means that new discoveries have to be made.

You will have much more faith in your training when you discover the methods, principles, and philosophies that make you a stronger and better person.

We’ve all heard the old adage “Leave no stone unturned”.  As it applies to strength, it means to never stop looking at ways to progress. The right stone has the right solution to our plateaus and usually leads to a new discovery.  However, if you stop flipping stones over, even after finding your solution, there is a problem.  We can hold ourselves back if we do not continually strive to discover something greater.  If we think we have discovered it all, we will ultimately fail.


The universe is filled with an infinite amount of discovery.  Our world is but a speck in that universe.  If our world is so miniscule, what does that make us?  Does it make us exponentially miniscule in comparison to the universe?  It does.  However, if we take a moment and look deep inside ourselves, we’ll discover an equal universe with unlimited potential.  In that potential, lies your greatness. Discover it…



– Brady Stewart
Owner, Iron Authority, Inc.
2013 US World Bench Press Team
Team 4Life Member


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