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

  • NFL Fan Pass: Reggie Bush's trip to Australia

    (00:01:35:11) By NFL Films - Posted 10 hours ago

    Go down under with Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush as he visits Sydney, Australia.

  • Who will win the NFC North?

    (00:06:33:24) By NFL.com - Posted Jul 23, 2014

    Will the Green Bay Packers repeat as the NFC North Champions, or will another team steal the division? Warren Sapp and Lorenzo Neal give their answers.

  • Top 100 plays of 2013: No. 35

    (00:01:15:23) By NFL.com - Posted Jul 23, 2014

    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush makes the grab and scores untouched to earn a spot on the list of "Top 100 Plays of 2013."

  • Max Scherzer joins 'NFL AM'

    (00:05:36:07) By NFL.com - Posted Jul 22, 2014

    Tigers All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer stops by NFL AM to discuss his love for fantasy football and the leagues he is starting through Big League Impact, which offers fans the opportunity to compete against him.

  • NFL Fan Pass: Reggie Bush's rugby lesson

    (00:02:23:01) By NFL Films - Posted Jul 22, 2014

    Detroit Lions running back Reggis Bush meets the New South Wales Blues Rugby League team at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia and gets a rugby lesson from star fullback Jarryd Hayne.

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