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
“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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More