Jack Digwood, a physical therapist and owner of Elite, opened the facility allowing patients to undergo necessary treatment after injury and immediately transition them into a custom program. These specialized programs allow them to further improve their physical health and strength.
Jack’s inspiration came from witnessing patients become healthier during physical therapy treatment and wanting to continue with exercise once they completed their recovery program. However, accountability was missing from the transition. Jack explained, “We need to have a really top notch fitness facility that we could transition a patient into and make sure they progress.” The decision to combine both businesses in one place helped develop a strong sense of community under Elite’s roof.
In the 7,500-square foot space, Elite Spine and Sport provides several tables for physical therapy where Jack and his staff of 20 help patients recover. Don’t be surprised if you witness therapists advancing a patient’s recovery and displaying tremendous results.
A gym dedicated to both recovery and fitness is in the same space under Elite Custom Fitness. Here, you’ll find kettle bells, dumbbells, TRX bands, and everything else needed to help improve overall physical health and athleticism.
As a Taylor native, Jack returned to his home region of Northeastern Pennsylvania after graduating from Drexel School of Medicine’s Hahnemann University in 1997. He met his wife Kristen, who is also a physical therapist and co-owner of Elite, and decided to begin his career locally. Jack worked in a physical rehabilitation center in Forty Fort for seven years where he managed other therapists.
A change in Jack’s career revived his passion for the industry and helping people seven years into the profession. He took a model of what he learned in school and in the field, and re-worked it to be better and unique. In turn, he transformed his inspiration and core values into something tangible and applied it to help create Elite as we know it today.
Elite’s values are reflected in the staff of 20 serving patients and clients daily. Jack explained the importance behind hiring people according to values over everything else–and such values are evident in his high-quality, passionate staff.
One value reflected in the work is that a person should not be broken down or undergo severe pain to achieve goals. This is where “custom fitness” comes into play.
Each individual is given a plan tailored to their needs. A “workout of the day” or any random workout does not align with Jack’s preferred business model. Through such custom workouts, it ensures Jack and his team spend time with patients and clients to help them heal or meet goals as quickly as possible.
Elite’s environment allows all clients to thrive and excel, regardless of age or reason for participating in a program. Jack’s method to enable everyone to succeed by getting healthy and staying healthy is a key component of his establishment.
The facility is deeply rooted in community endeavors as well. Jack hosted a self-defense class under Robert Thomas of Tsunami Self-Defense Academy, and helps raise money for Candy’s Place, Blue Chip, and the Renal Race. Elite additionally holds a “Member of the Month” contest where they donate $100 to a charity of that member’s choice.
Kendra is a content writer with a BA in literature from Wilkes University. When she’s not reading up on the latest home decorating trends, Kendra is busy designing her future home, library included.