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

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    (2:02) Posted 8 hours ago

    Head coach Jim Caldwell talks to the media following his keynote speech for an event hosted by the United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company.

  • Inside the Detroit Lions draft room

    (4:13) By NFL.com - Posted 16 hours ago

    Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah take an in-depth look at the Detroit Lions most significant draft needs and project potential first and second round selections.

  • Town Hall Meeting

    (2:35) Posted Apr 15, 2014

    New head coach Jim Caldwell got the chance to catch up with season ticket members during the exclusive Town Hall Meeting at Ford Field.

  • Caldwell on Suh's absence

    (10:20) Posted Apr 10, 2014

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  • Ihedigbo on playing in Detroit

    (6:58) Posted Apr 10, 2014

    S James Ihedigbo on earning a Super Bowl ring, playing in Detroit and leadership.

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