Aram “Mastover” Hamparian retiring, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Longtime JSF Sponsor and my personal friend Aram “Mastover” Hamparian contacted me last month with some difficult news. Unfortunately Aram has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and will no longer be accepting new clients:
“I am in the medial stages of Parkinson’s Disease. As of now, I am able to function OK. I can still train, drive, and ride my bike, albeit for short distances. My neck, arms, and legs are affected to a degree. Some days I’m fine, some days I am not. Surgery is also an option. No one knows when I will be fully embraced with the disease. However, staying up late at night working on clients programs is no longer an option.
I’m very much at peace with this. I am also very happy and grateful. The mystery has been solved. I know now that I am going to live life to the fullest and enjoy myself until the time when I can no longer function on my own. The docs can’t give me a time frame. It may be one year, three, five… no one knows for certain.
I gave everything I had as a sponsor. I gave everyone more than they paid for. I can honestly say that I did justice to you and JSF. I am privileged to have represented you and your web site and I did everything I could to uphold the integrity of this responsibility. Upon the millions of questions i was asked via email through JSF clients, I replied within the hour 90% of the time, complete with research studies and real world non-scientific evidence. I gave it all I had. Now I have nothing left to give. I have a good client base, and they are more than enough for me to handle.”
Over the years Aram has worked with countless numbers of JSF members, passionately and tirelessly assisting them as they worked towards their goals. For those who were willing to put in the work, Aram was their greatest advocate.
On a personal note, Aram and I have formed a close bond and become fast friends. We have much in common. There’s the obvious, such as health, nutrition and weight training. But we also share a love for animals and their welfare, cars, classic rock… turns out we even have the same birthday!
In the nearly five years that Aram has been a sponsor on JSF–and the even longer time during which we worked together and formed our friendship–I’ve been inspired by Aram’s insatiable hunger for knowledge, his work ethic (in and out of the gym) and the passion he puts into everything he does.
While clearly this is a sad day in JSF history, right now my thoughts are only with Aram and his family. I know Aram will meet the challenge of Parkinson’s the same way he has faced every other challenge in his life: head on, and giving 110%.
Aram, thank you for your years of service here at JSF! You’ve positively impacted the lives of countless JSF members, and for that we’re all grateful. You will always have a home here.