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Aram “Mastover” Hamparian retiring, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by  
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May
1
2013
Aram "Mastover" Hamparian

Aram “Mastover” Hamparian

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.

John Stone Fitness Comments

13 Responses to “Aram “Mastover” Hamparian retiring, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.”
  1. Best wishes to Aram, as he faces up strongly to yet another of life’s challenges. He’s always embodied the soul of the JSF community to me. Always there to teach, to encourage, to lead by example those of us facing up to our own personal fitness and health challenges.

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  2. This is sad news indeed. I’m very sorry to hear this. While you guys don’t know me, I feel like I know you just from reading blog updates and all the forum posts over the last 5 years or so. I think one important thing we can all be reminded of today is that life is fleeting and there are no guarantees.

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  3. So sad to hear, life can be unfair. But I know from Aram’s posts and emails, he’s no ‘victim mentality’ thinker. This will probably motivate him beyond any of us mere mortal’s comprehension.

    Shamefully, my first thought was embarrassingly selfish, but speaks to how great Mastover’s knowledge was and how highly I, and I’m sure everyone around here, regard him. My first thought was damn, I’m pissed I never signed up with him because now I no longer can.

    Best wishes and God bless Aram.

    I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to. ~Jimi Hendrix

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  4. This is very sad news and feels like a sucker punch to the gut. Aram exemplifies so much of what this forum is about: finding and exceeding personal limits, a firm dedication to fitness, and helping others. I was one of the lucky folks who got to be one of his clients and I learned so much in a relatively short time. If anyone can kick Parkinson’s in the ass, it’s Aram. Like his Journal states “Without Struggle, There is no Victory.” God bless, Aram.

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  5. Very tough news, but news I think was right to share with the JSF community. Mastover’s presence on the forums on topics of both training and living clean have always educated and inspired me. I can only imagine how many thousands of lurkers through the years have improved their lives based on the time Aram took to share his perspectives here.

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  6. Aram truly made me work. His job was to give you knowledge and what you did with it was how well you did. Thanks for all his advice, asked for and offered freely. I hope he enjoys his time off from coaching and gets to train the way he likes to.

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  7. Mastover is the real deal. Armed to the teeth with both academic and practical knowledge, he’s helped countless numbers of people on these forums. And I’m not just talking about paying clients; he’s offered so much in a unpaid services via answering so many questions or analyzing diets that he has certainly earned the respect and admiration of everyone here. I wish you all the best, Aram.

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  8. I am stunned to hear this news. My partner was diagnosed with an atypical form of Parkinson’s 3 years ago and it has been an extremely difficult ride. My thoughts and heart go out to you, Aram. you have always been an encouraging and giving soul. It will come back to you many times over.

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  9. I took a break for a few years (5??) and I just came to read about this now. I am truly sad to read about this news, mastover helped me a long time ago and I still to this day follow some of his advice (and share it with others). From one random internet guy to another, my thoughts are with you!

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