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 Articles

Recent Videos

  • 1 on 1 with Reggie Bush

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Tori Petry talks with Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush about preparing for the team's first opponent of 2014.

  • Caldwell: Lions have makings of championship team

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Coach Caldwell said Monday morning that the Lions have the foundation to be a championship team. Tori Petry reports on the leadership and winning mentality that players say is evident on this team.

  • Fairley on depth chart status

    Posted 12 hours ago

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley talks about his status on the depth chart.

  • 1 on 1 with Golden Tate

    Posted 12 hours ago

    Tori Petry talks with Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate about what it takes to have a championship mentality.

  • Broyles on earning roster spot

    Posted 13 hours ago

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles talks about making the team's initial 53-man roster.

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