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Business // Entrepreneurs
Alana Folen

Experts On Training, Supplements

Matai Lorenze | Photo courtesy Matai Lorenze

In an effort to help fitness enthusiasts build the body of their dreams, Matai Lorenze, owner/operator of Designer Body, a sports supplements store, brings the highest-quality products to the masses.

“There’s a lot of bad products out there that are very deceiving. I’ve researched and tested the products at my store, and sell them at a good price to gain the trust and respect from my customers,” says Lorenze, a former endorsed athlete and product distributor for ProLab Nutrition. He focused his energy on lifestyle personal training as well before opening his store.

“I started by working out at The Gym Honolulu. People would approach me on a daily basis asking for tips and advice on training, supplements, diet and where to buy supplements and if I could get it for them,” he recalls. “So I started selling products from the trunk of my car every afternoon, and soon the demand got so big that I eventually opened my first store in 1996.”

Designer Body specializes in products catering to optimum health and anti-aging, in addition to apparel and the most advanced sports supplements, including topof-the-line protein powders, branch chain amino acids, fat loss optimizers and more.

According to Lorenze, 90 percent of Designer Body’s products are exclusive and can’t be purchased or sold anywhere on the island, as he is the sole distributor of all products in the DB Force Line.

“I consider myself a lab rat, and pre-test each product before putting my brand on it and distributing it,” he says.

Lorenze says his business welcomes everyone, from children and senior citizens to recreational and serious athletes of all types.

“I have three employees who are all very friendly, knowledgeable and are in excellent physical shape. Brian Ikeda is part-owner and manager, and has been working with me for 16 years.

“We give expert advice on training, supplements, nutrition and diets, and will help you with your goal, no matter what you’re trying to achieve,” Lorenze explains.

Currently, Lorenze is focused on expanding Designer Body’s apparel and accessory line, and also is working to add more products to the DB Force Line with the hope of taking it to a national level.

“I make the final decisions when it comes to my business, knowing everything is a challenge and learning from my mistakes. And it’s so great to see people reach their goals from our advice and products, and getting new customers from referrals,” he states.

Designer Body is located at 575 Cooke St. and is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sundays).

For more information on Designer Body, call 591-8854 or visit Designer Body on Facebook. afolen@midweek.com

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