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

  • Kickoff Preview: Lions at Patriots

    Posted 6 hours ago

    Tori Petry, Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara discuss the state of the Lions offense and break down the Lions Week 12 matchup against the Patriots.

  • 2015 Mustang Giveaway: Up-close look

    Posted 7 hours ago

    Tori Petry gives you an inside look at the brand new custom 2015 Mustang the Lions and Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers are giving away to one lucky Lions fan next month. Enter by November 30th at detroitlions.com/mustanggiveaway.

  • NFL Films Trailer: Lions at Patriots

    By NFL_COM - Posted Nov 22, 2014

    NFL Films previews the Week 12 matchup between the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots.

  • Lions offense making changes ahead of facing Pats

    Posted Nov 21, 2014

    Tori Petry reports on offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's plan to limit play calls this week, his response to Golden Tate's 2-target day in Arizona and how the Patriots have been where the Lions are now.

  • Lewand on hosting Bills-Jets game

    Posted Nov 21, 2014

    Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand talks about the team hosting the Bills-Jets game on Monday night.

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