Coaches

Jason Arapoff
Coordinator of Physical Development

Biography

Jason Arapoff enters his 14th season directing the Lions’ strength and conditioning program. His primary role is to oversee the physical fitness of all Lions players.

Focusing equally on the offseason regimen and the regular season program, Arapoff utilizes high-end cardiovascular strength training and free weight equipment in the team’s state-of-the-art facility. His hands-on training techniques emphasize a balance of muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness, and are underscored by a comprehensive, personalized approach to each athlete. He also has introduced a shift toward more football-specific activities that encompass high-intensity protocols to train the entire body. 

Arapoff arrived in Detroit prior to the 2001 season with 13 years of experience with the Washington Redskins. While serving as the team’s conditioning director for nine years, he was instrumental in computerizing and implementing the team’s strength and conditioning and nutritional programs.

Arapoff has been a monthly columnist for Scholastic Coach Magazine and is a frequent speaker for industry events, schools, universities and football camps. He, along with assistant strength and conditioning coach Ted Rath, launched the annual Detroit Lions Strength and Conditioning Clinic in 2011. The event is a forum for providing, sharing and exchanging information in the ever-changing world of strength and conditioning.

During his playing career as a collegian, Arapoff was a four-year letter-winning defensive back at Springfield (Mass.) College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in health fitness. He went on to obtain his master’s degree in exercise physiology from American University in Washington, D.C.

Arapoff was born July 8, 1965. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters: Julia, and twins, Anna and Alexa.

COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions 2001-present

  • Coordinator of Physical Development 2006-present
  • Strength and Conditioning 2001-05

Washington Redskins 1988-2000

  • Conditioning Director 1992-2000
  • Conditioning Assistant 1988-91

Recent Videos

  • NFL Combine: DT Xavier Cooper

    Posted 5 hours ago

    Washington State DT Xavier Cooper, who the Lions brought in on a pre-draft visit, talks at the NFL Combine about his decision to leave school early for the draft and his days playing soccer.

  • Pre-draft visit: DT Xavier Cooper

    Posted 6 hours ago

    Tori Petry talks with Washington State DT Xavier Cooper on his pre-draft visit to the Lions facility in Allen Park.

  • TORI AND TIM: Suh's future without franchise tag

    Posted Mar 2, 2015

    Tori Petry and Tim Twentyman discuss what declining to franchise tag Ndamukong Suh means for the Lions and how it affects the chances of Suh staying in Detroit.

  • Will Suh stay? Experts weigh in

    Posted Mar 1, 2015

    Monday's franchise tag deadline is quickly approaching. Hear what Chris Mortensen, Albert Breer and John Clayton had to say at the NFL Combine about whether or not Suh is worth the price tag for the Lions to keep him.

  • Lions pioneer alumni support group, "Peer Pride"

    Posted Feb 28, 2015

    Tori Petry reports on the unique peer support program the Lions have created to help guide alumni through the challenges that come with retiring from football.

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