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

  • Inside the Huddle with Matthew Stafford

    Posted 6 hours ago

    Matthew Stafford looks ahead to the matchup against Green Bay and talks about the responsibilities of being an NFL player on and off the field.

  • #AskALion: Glover Quin

    Posted 8 hours ago

    Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin answers questions submitted by fans on Twitter in the first episode of #AskALion.

  • Rodgers: Why Packers have had success over Lions

    Posted 8 hours ago

    Tori Petry reports on what Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy are saying about the key NFC North game against the Lions and the success they've had in this matchup over the years.

  • Caldwell on Packers matchup

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell talked about the Lions' preparation for their Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers.

  • Lombardi on Packers defense

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi talks about preparing for the Green Bay Packers defense.

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