Storytelling - A Tradition Of Hope

One thing you will notice about us,
we love telling our Stories.

Our Stories are our vehicle of Hope. When someone goes through hell and comes out the other side, their Story is another persons’ Hope. Their Story signals to someone who is beaten down to keep fighting. It tells someone who has given up it’s possible. When you can bring Hope to someone who feels hopeless, you can change the trajectory of their life. What greater contribution is there?

You will also find that our Stories are our benchmarks and bragging rights for our Coaches. Our Coaches purpose is to create Stories. When we are creating stories, we are impacting lives. That’s our mission...so that’s our benchmark.

Our message to you is simple. We want you to be our next Story. And we want you to be someone’s Hope.

– Matthew Lister, Founder of Align

Jamie at the ocean

Jamie’s Story- Neck & Knee Pain Journey

“This is my one life with my one body, and I don’t want to be held back. I better build good things now. When I am in pain, I can’t do what I want to do. Then pain is making choices for me instead of me. I don’t want pain to choose for me what I will do. So I am choosing today to partner with Align, so I can choose what I want to do tomorrow.”

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Jeen sitting on her patio

Jeen’s Story- Low Back Pain Journey

“On a grander scale my low back improvements with Align have re-established my trust level. I can now make travel plans with no particular concern for slipping into a back spasm. One of the most important and meaningful areas of my life is traveling to spend time with my out-of-town family. My successful Align journey thus far has significantly improved the quality of my life, both outwardly and inwardly.”

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Carrie on a spin bike

Carrie’s Story- Low Back Pain Journey

“What I’ve learned is that I was fit, but not strong. Most of us know about our major muscles but give little thought to all the little ones behind the scenes. Without those, we are lopsided and compensated, which causes all sorts of pain problems.”

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Lori walking her dog

Lori’s Story- Leg & Back Pain Journey

Before Align my life was completely controlled by constant searing sciatic pain through my low back and down through my entire left side. I could not sit or stand, and was not able to lie on my back or my left side without searing pain.

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Vickie with a huge smile on her face

Vickie’s Story- Low Back Pain Journey

We watched over time as her entrance into the gym turned from tears buried in crippling pain to a smile and laughter with radiant joy. She trusted the process of changing her muscle tissue and joint position one step at a time.

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Sandra and her son

Sandra’s Story- Knee Pain Journey

The doctors diagnosed me with arthritis and told me I had very little meniscus left. My knee was “bone-on-bone.” I was also told knee replacement surgery was in my future, but I should delay it as long as possible so I wouldn’t have to have another surgery once the initial one wore out.

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Jeremy with his paintball gear

Jeremy’s Story- Neck & Back Pain Journey

You have to really be ready for change. If you’re here then you’ve already started your journey. Trust your coach is here for you and know what’s best. Dedicate to the plan and you WILL see results.

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Cheryl and her dog

Cheryl’s Story- Back Pain Journey

“Exercise and Cheryl were never in the same sentence! Seeing I am able to move again as I once did is thrilling! I have my life back and I’m looking forward to getting more!”

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Debbie riding her horse

Debbie’s Story- Neck & Knee Pain Journey

“My results have been amazing! No more neck pain, headaches or dizziness. Now after less than a year I can walk as far as I want, even run, with no knee pain. I can enjoy the hills on our property without worrying about not being able to walk the next day.”

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Jason and his family on the coast

Jason’s Story- Knee Pain Journey

“I knew it was something special when I came in for my first session and Matthew had me on my back for most of the first class. I had been nervous that it would be too intense and I’d injure my knees again or something. Yet as I lay there, I was watching the other people in my group do all of these super interesting exercises.”

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Pam woodworking in her backyard

Pam’s Story- Neck Pain Journey

“I went through multiple rounds of PT, massage, acupuncture, spinal injections, chiropractor visits and although I got short term relief, the pain and hand numbness always came back. I was told by a spinal surgeon that a fusion of the vertebrae in my neck may be needed if things didn’t improve.”

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Donna and Her Family

Donna’s Story-Strength & Stability Journey

“I searched many gyms in the area and landed at Align. After my consultation with Matthew, I was convinced that my new adventure into the land of trap bars and machines equipped with weights and pulleys was best led by someone who came highly recommended, had conquered a harrowing physical struggle of his own, and possessed an energy that captured my interest. I wanted to be a part of what he was offering.”

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Donella On Her Porch

Donella’s Story- Back Pain Journey

“Working in healthcare opened my eyes to how people destroy their own retirement by not taking care of themselves. My goal has always been health first so I can live my best life as I age. Align has made my life better and easier with more strength and flexibility.”

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Diane

Diane’s Story-Weight Loss Journey

I was 160 pounds overweight. Both of my knees were trashed. I could barely walk. Definitely couldn’t get on the floor and do anything. I couldn’t step down a curb. I couldn’t walk upstairs. I could barely walk more than 10 feet without holding onto something. A shopping cart was my best friend.

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Judy kayaking

Judy’s Story-Shoulder Pain Journey

My story starts a decade ago. I injured my shoulder and went to an orthopedist. I had X-rays and a MRI and was told that I had an impingement and bone spurs. He suggested surgery to scrape the bone and spurs to make more room in my shoulder for freer movement.

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Jason

Jason’s Story-Shoulder Injury Journey

It is unclear how I originally hurt my shoulder. I was experiencing pain when I would reach across to the passenger seat of my car and pick up the bag I take to and from work each day. I also started to rapidly lose range of motion in my shoulder. When my arm was behind my back, I could not raise it above my beltline.

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Dorothy

Dorothy’s Story-Strength & Stability

I found Align when I was 90 years old, only after my daughter gifted me a two-month membership for my birthday. I wasn’t sure what I could accomplish at 90 years old. I just knew that I wasn’t keeping up with my walking group. I was losing my balance and scared I wouldn’t be able to recover from a fall.

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Cindy

Cindy’s Story-Weight Loss & Back Pain Journey

I had been a lifelong dieter, always up and down with my weight. I had done all the diets, Weight Watchers, Atkins, etc. I was sick of it. The goal was always to lose weight. I wasn’t particularly healthy but then two life changing events happened in a matter of two weeks.

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Margot

Margot’s Story-Knee Pain Journey

I had severe pain in my knees every day. The pain was unbearable. It was hard for me to walk any distance, stand for any amount of time, walk up and down stairs, or even step up on a curb. I loved going to outdoor markets and doing outings with my family.

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TIna

Tina’s Story-Knee Pain & Weight Loss Journey

My knees hurt. I felt stiff. I was not as mobile as I wanted to be. I was carrying around an additional 60+ pounds that I could not lose. I had little motivation to become active again. Honestly, I was struggling to do it on my own. I knew I wanted to be active and fit again.

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Ashlee with an impossible dumbell

Ashlee’s Story-Shoulder Injury Journey

Before Align I was working out regularly until I tore my right labrum and rotator cuff in my shoulder. I had severely restricted mobility, severe pain, and was unable to work out anymore. I couldn’t sleep because of ever increasing pain and started feeling depressed because of my lack of physical activity.

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Rita running a race

Rita’s Story-Back Pain Journey

After 13 years of chronic back pain and simply existing, not living, I was at the end of my rope. I was staring at a life that I didn’t want to live, one that would require my loved ones to make sacrifices and care for me. If you know me, you know that that is not a life I am willing to live.

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Debbie and husband

Debbie’s Story-Back Pain Journey

My back pain started when I was in my early 20’s. I went to a chiropractor who took x-rays and explained that I had an extra vertebra in my lower lumbar and that I should NEVER go to a chiropractor for help. So, I lived with horrible back pain for over 15 years.

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Ralph's family at Disneyland

Ralph’s Story-Back Pain Journey

I had developed back pain for a number of years. At its worst, I could barely move. I was in a lot of pain. I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I had trouble standing up, sitting down, getting in and out of the car, and bending down to kiss my daughter.

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Marcie and her husband

Marcie’s Story-Back Pain Journey

I had been pretty active physically off and on for 20 years. I had a group of four girls I would regularly do 65-100 mile rides with. But in 2014, I tore my hip labrum and since 2009 had experienced a deep ache in my upper middle back. Eventually I just stopped moving.

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Jill

Jill’s Story-Back & Leg Pain Journey

My pain story started 37 years ago. It was 1981. My family was in a car accident that left me with compression fractures in my lower spine and broken bones and nerve damage in my foot. I was in a metal back brace and a foot cast for months.

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Nancy

Nancy’s Story-Neck & Shoulder Pain Journey

Nancy was facing a common problem for people in pain. She had multiple experts telling her contradictory opinions and advice. Her right shoulder and arm was numb, tingling, and painful and she didn’t know who to believe or what direction to go.

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Katelyn fishing

Katelyn’s Story-Hip & Knee Pain Journey

Katelyn has been one of Align’s youngest clients. She came to Align when she was 14 years old and stayed with us for over 3 years until she moved to college. She came to us scared, confused, and frustrated. At 14, she was in immense pain and was staring down the barrel of double hip and double knee surgeries.

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Jeff with his bicycle

Jeff’s Story-Back Pain Journey

About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with bone spurs on my lower back vertebrae. I experienced shooting and throbbing pain down my right leg. Many mornings I woke up with lower back pain. I was easily fatigued and experienced back pain when I walked for any real distance or stood for any period of time.

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Marijo stretching

Marijo’s Story-Knee Pain Journey

Before I came here, I had a severe knee pain and I was always an active individual. I never gave it any thought to go from point a to B up downstairs. My job required, physical, enthusiasm. And, I had an injury and it nothing helped. And I became, I walked, badly. I couldn’t go up and down stairs.

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Jean

Jean’s Story-Neck Pain Journey

When I came in, I had a intake interview with Matt and it was very difficult with me. I was in tears a lot of the time because I was in so much pain with my neck. And I was to the point that I didn’t think that anything was ever going to be able to help me. And so, I was doubtful, but I thought, you know, what, if I don’t give this a try, I’m not going to know.

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Ray doing ropes excercise

Ray’s Story-Hip Pain Journey

When Ray came to Align he had nowhere left to turn. All the medical diagnostics had proven fruitless and he was looking at exploratory hip surgery, which he was less than optimistic about. To say that Ray has had a turn-around is a dramatic understatement. He went from bent over, sleeping in a recliner, with severe pain to 100-pound deadlifts, lunges, and hiking.

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