Empire Elite Group is the home of TSS Barbell and Empire Elite Weightlifting.
TSS Barbell was founded with three members and a single coach in 2016. The club began hosting team practices in a small shared space and quickly became one of the fastest growing teams in Texas: Over the last four years, TSS Barbell has gained just over one hundred active members. In 2020, our USA Weightlifting club TSS Barbell transitioned to a Youth and Junior club.
Empire Elite Group is the new home of TSS Barbell and Empire Elite weightlifting, an independent USA Weightlifting club devoted to Senior and Masters athletes.
Empire Elite Group’s mission is to develop the entire person, not just athletically. We accomplish our mission through investing heavily in our community; the development of educational content for coaching professionals, and consulting, in-person and remotely.
Today, Empire Elite Group offers tailored programs for every athlete. Our programs include affordable small group training sessions for the novice lifter (Weightlifting Therapy); agility and speed development classes; and small group and private lessons dedicated to training the snatch and clean and jerk. All TSS Barbell and Empire Elite members learn how to compete in the sport of Olympic weightlifting through the active participation in our established programs lead by our experienced USA Weightlifting coaches.
All of our programs are housed within our 2,600 square foot facility in the heart of San Antonio, Texas. We have dedicated space for private weightlifting sessions and personal training; functional fitness, powerlifting, and the sport of Olympic weightlifting.
Our training hall has ten IWF sets of discs; two sets of custom jerk blocks; multiple squat racks; Chinese squat stands; a power rack; pulling blocks; and twenty bars collectively from Eleiko, DHS, Uesaka, ZKC, Pendlay, and Rogue.
In 2019 and in 2020, we earned the prestigious designation of “Community Development Site” from USA Weightlifting.
Founder, Co-Owner, Meet Director, Coach
USA Weightlifting National Coach Jilly Jaworske has taught athletes of all ages and experience levels over the course of the last decade. She began coaching whilst attending the University of Miami for her undergraduate coursework and studied both Exercise Physiology and Economics. After beginning her graduate work in Advanced Nutrition for Human Performance, she quickly realized her passion was not in nutritional coaching and rather, in bio-mechanics and human movement. Jaworske found her niche in educating and coaching athletes one-on-one to develop both their kinesthetic awareness and eventually, their own unique weightlifting techniques. Presently, Jaworske loves working with beginner athletes (whom have never even lifted a bar); athletes competing at the National Senior level; and every other kind of athlete in between who has the desire to grow as both an individual through the medium of weightlifting.
Jilly Jaworske has competed at or qualified for every national Senior meet, including the Senior National Championships, since 2015. She has been ranked nationally (top ten) in multiple weight classes at the height of her athletic career. Jaworske was awarded her first national medal at the Under 25 National Championships (2016) and holds retired Texas State records in the 69kg weight class (2018). In 2018, Jilly was invited to compete in the Pan American Trials session at the Arnold and declined in order to coach her athlete competing instead.
Jaworske has been coached by and worked under some of the best coaches in the United States including Colin Burns (Ronin Weightlifting); Ursula Garza (Texas Barbell); Max Aita (Juggernaut Training Systems); Spencer Arnold (Power and Grace Performance); and Sean Waxman (Waxman’s Gym).
Prior to weightlifting, Jilly was heavily involved in the USA Equestrian community. She began seriously competing in the hunter and jumper divisions at nine years old and progressed to ride at the highest junior level as a working student. Over the course of her career, she worked for and studied under world-renowned trainers Stacia Madden (Beacon Hill Show Stables); Polly Howard (Fox Meadow Farm); and Pan-Am medalist Debbie Stephens (Imperial Inc.).
Jaworske founded TSS Barbell in 2016 with three members to the club’s name. Alongside two major shoulder surgeries in 2018, our team opened TSS Barbell’s first brick and mortar location in San Antonio, Texas on April 2nd, 2018.
In 2020, Jaworske shifted her focus to coaching Senior and Masters level lifters as the Head Coach for Empire Elite. Additionally, her passion is developing a pipeline of coaches here in South Texas through. She is the director of Empire Elite’s Continuing Education platforms for USAW coaches.