Ben Williams 

Ben Williams is a triathlon coach, community activist, race director, and owner of Hawaii Triathlon Center on the windward side of Oahu. 

Ben grew up in Florida where he was very active outdoors in both ocean and land sports. This began to take shape in high school where he balanced serving as the captain of his swim team with participating in cross country and track. He competed in his first triathlon during his senior year of high school, in 2002. 

Ben attended Florida Atlantic University where he ran cross country and track. Competitive sailing had been a lifelong activity and during this time he began to develop as a junior coach assisting in several world class sailing programs, including  Lauderdale Yacht Club where he was the director of sailing for five years. Coaching and program management quickly became a passion and Ben served as a US National Junior Development coach during his young adult years in Florida. This responsibility included traveling around the world with national team athletes for training and competition, eventually leading to leadership and head coach positions. This also gave access to multiple world class athletes, including working closely with several current Olympic medalists.  

In 2009 Ben moved from Florida to Honolulu to focus on his own triathlon goals. In 2013 he qualified for his professional triathlete license and continued along this path of a full-time professional racing career through the end of 2017. Ben has won most triathlons in Hawaii and has finished the Kona Ironman twice. The second time coming home with an umeke for placing in his category at the World Championship. Notable wins during his professional career include the Strongman triathlon in Japan and multiple wins at Lavaman on Big Island and Honolulu Triathlon, with over 30 other top five podium finishes around the world. He has finished top Kama'aina and in the top 10 overall at the Honolulu Marathon and the Hapalua Half Marathon.

The management experience from leading a national sailing team paired with almost 20 years of triathlon experience set him up to run a successful youth and adult triathlon team in Hawaii. In recent years he led over 50 athletes and 4 coaches to multiple off-island events, including taking a group of junior athletes to the National Championship. At times the breadth of his entire team breaking 100 athletes.

Ben loves on-deck coaching as much as he loves high-altitude program management and is constantly looking for ways to develop athletes and programs locally within his community of Oahu. 

Whitney Burdzilauskas

Whitney is a USA Triathlon Level 2 Endurance Coach, 3 Time Kona Qualifier and Ironman All World Athlete. Whitney specializes in long course racing, training with power and strength training for athletes. She coaches all levels of athletes. 

Founded 2011

The Fitness Lab was created in 2011 as a creative outlet by Whitney Burdzilauskas.   Her innovation and ideas needed a release and so she created The Fitness lab.  What started as a small personal training studio eventually became a thriving community of fitness enthusiasts and athletes that now call The Fitness Lab their home!

The Fitness Lab has a physical space in Indianapolis, Indiana.  However, Whitney coaches triathletes all over the country and now calls Kailua home.  It is in Hawaii that she leads group workouts, coaches atl levels of athletes and works with The Hawaii Triathlon Center.  HTC is her home base, and you can find many of the Kailua group workouts are associated with HTC. 

In addition, Whitney is one of the Kailua Masters Swimming coaches. She also helps beginner and intermediate swimmers become more comfortable in the pool and ocean.  

The most important values to Whitney are community and respect. She treats all athletes with open arms and does her best to nurture and challenge each individual as they travel through their fitness journey.  With Hawaii being an endless playground there is so much SWIM BIKE RUN STRENGTH fun!


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