Michael DeMarco,CSCS


Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - National Strength and Conditioning Association


Sport Specific Strength & Conditioning/Group Training Programming/Olympic Weightlifting Coach


Rutgers Wrestling 2008-2012

Rutgers University Bachelors of Science - Exercise Science, Applied Kinesiology

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

USAW-Level 1 Performance Coach


"From the mat to the box."

Owner of Motives and The Helm CrossFit, Michael “Mike” DeMarco, made the decision three years ago to start a movement to train with a purpose. Mike envisioned an environment that created a comfortable training atmosphere, with a community that encouraged one another regardless of their athletic abilities. To create a training facility that everyone can learn from, and challenge themselves, physically and mentally each and every day.

Mike strived to create an establishment that he didn’t have growing up, a place where not only adults can train but where youth kids and teenagers could change the way they perceived themselves physically and mentally. A place they could train their bodies and minds, whether it is sport specific or just the enjoyment of working
out and living a healthy lifestyle. Striving to create a safe and positive environment, teaching youths and teenagers, commitment, respect and accountability for the future. Three important characteristics of life Mike learned himself, during the days spent inside the wresting room at Rutgers University from 2008-2012.

As a four-year member of the Rutgers wrestling program from 2008-2012 and team captain 2011-2012, Mike’s used his past college experiences as a foothold to start the Motives movement. Aside from his sport, as a student-athlete, he earned a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies- Applied Kinesiology, a credit intensive major, focusing on a strong foundation around human anatomy and physiology, with an emphasis to further expand ones knowledge in the job market.

From 2012-2013 Mike continued working with Rutgers wrestling as their strength and conditioning coach. In 2014 Mike earned his CrossFit Level 1 certification. He specializes in sports specific strength and conditioning, group training, programming, Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit.


Joey Filiano

Sport Specific Strenth & Conditioning/Youth Fitness

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Favorite Workout: Murph

Favorite Movement: Bodyweight Gymnastics

Least Favorite Movement: Thrusters/Squatting

Joey has been around as long as Motives Movement itself. His journey with fitness began while training with Mike years ago in the gyms first location. His passion for fitness was ignited and Joey naturally spent majority of his time around the gym. Joey now attends Monmouth University, pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Studies. When he's not studying or coaching his passions include getting outdoors and jet skiing, hiking, or spending his days at the beach with friends.

“I'm passionate about helping others on their path to transforming their minds and bodies.”


Paul Carrezola, CSCS

Sports Performance/Speed & Agility

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)- National Strength and Conditioning Association

Sport Specific Strength and Conditioning/Acceleration, Change of Direction, and Agility Coach/ Athletic Movement Coach


Rutgers Football, Tight End/H-Back  2009-2013

Oakland Raiders, Fullback (Rookie Camp 2014)

Rutgers University Bachelors of Arts- Communication 2013

Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, Strength and Conditioning Coach at New Egypt High School (New Egypt, NJ)

Paul’s love of sport and competing run deep. Growing up, whether it was on the soccer field, basketball court, track, lacrosse field there were two goals; love what you’re doing, and compete on and off the playing surface.The oldest of 4 high level college athletes, there was always a family standard and expectation to either reach or set.  It was not until the beginning of high school when Paul first  touched the surface for his love of physical preparation.

At Neshaminy High School (Langhorne, PA) Paul first experienced a planned, mentally tough, and well coached strength and conditioning program. The Neshaminy strength and conditioning program was a mainstay in his development into a highly touted division 1 football recruit.

After accepting a full football scholarship to Rutgers University, where he played two and half years under head coach Greg Schiano and two and a half years under head coach Kyle Flood, he  quickly realized his passion for strength and conditioning. It was at Rutgers where he realized how vital athletic preparation is to a successful athlete.

Upon graduating, Paul headed  back to Rutgers to work under then Head Strength and Conditioning coach Jeremy Cole, whom had helped mold Paul as a player and person. Under Cole and his strength staff, Paul earned his CSCS and worked closely with the varsity sports programs including football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and rowing.   Paul owes his strong background in acceleration, change of direction, and agility to Ed Grayer, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Rams, who coached and taught Paul throughout his time as a player and coach at Rutgers.

Above all, Paul loves working with young athletes who are eager to improve and compete at any time. He is excited about joining the MOTIVES community and helping its athlete succeed.    


Tommy Mazzeo

Sport Specific Strength & Conditioning/Youth Fitness

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CCWC - Certified Clinical Athlete Weightlifting Coach

Rutgers University - BS in Finance


Favorite Workout: Annie

Favorite Movement: Snatch/Double Unders

Least Favorite Movement: Thrusters  

Least Favorite Workout: Open Workout 15.5

Tommy’s journey with CrossFit began in High School while training friends and family in his garage. Since then, he has been a visceral part of Motives and The Helm CrossFit, helping the community grow together, both physically and mentally. His passions outside of the gym include mountain biking, jet skiing, hiking, and playing any sport his friends are willing to play.

“I love allowing others to use the gym as their escape from whatever else is going on in their world; for one hour, they don't have to worry about any of that while bettering their mind and body in such a tight knit community.”

 Mike Palmieri

CrossFit Level 1

Favorite Workout: Linda

Favorite Movement: Deadlifts/Wall Balls

Least Favorite Workout: Eva

Least Favorite Movement: Squat Snatch

Mike comes from a diverse athletic background, being a three sport athlete at Marlboro High School. He played football, wrestled, and baseball. His career continued at Springfield College in Massachusetts, playing DIII football for 4 years. Mike’s CrossFit career began in 2012 and has become part of his life ever since. He has been around The Helm CrossFit since its inception in 2013.

When asked about his passions outside of the gym Mike responded:

“I love nothing more than to be a part of my kids journey with sports. Watching them succeed and watching them be able to face adversity and battle through it is important to me. My wife and kids mean the world to me.”


Anthony Ryan

CrossFit Level 1

Favorite Workout: Helen

Favorite Movement: Anything with a KB

Least Favorite Movement: Handstand Pushups

Anthony became a part of The Helm CrossFit as an athlete first back in 2015, quickly spreading his contagious energy with everyone he worked out with. Anthony continues to inspire others in the gym on the other side of the spectrum while coaching. Outside of the gym, his passions include fishing, paddle boarding, skiing, or anything else outdoors.