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

  • Pre-draft visit: OT Cedric Ogbuehi

    Posted Mar 30, 2015

    Tori Petry talks with Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi on his pre-draft visit to the Lions facility in Allen Park.

  • NFL Combine: OT Cedric Ogbuehi

    Posted Mar 30, 2015

    Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi talks at the NFL Scouting Combine about recovering from his ACL surgery and his versatility on the offensive line.

  • Top 3 tight end plays of 2014

    Posted Mar 30, 2015

    Tight ends coach Ron Prince breaks down the tight ends’ top three plays from the 2014 season.

  • Do Lions have best WR duo in the NFC?

    By NFL_COM - Posted Mar 27, 2015

    The "NFL AM" crew talk the best wide receiver duos in the NFC and if Detroit Lions wide receivers Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson rank at the top of that list.

  • Top 4 safety plays of 2014

    Posted Mar 26, 2015

    Defensive backs coach Alan Williams breaks down the safeties’ top four plays from the 2014 season.

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