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

Monmouth University - Currently enrolled undecided


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

Rutgers University - Currently enrolled Pre-Business


Tommy Mazzeo, 22 of Kenilworth, NJ, joined the Motives Movement and The Helm CrossFit in 2014. Tommy grew up playing basketball and baseball, playing three years on the varsity baseball team for David Brearley High School. His CrossFit journey began in a local Retro Fitness, practicing Olympic lifting and other gymnastics movements on his own before he was hooked.

Tommy became engrossed with fitness and decided to join CrossFit Koa in Cranford, NJ. The summer after his senior year, he ordered cheap equipment off-line, so that he could train every day in his own garage. He ended up training family members and friends on that equipment and realized the passion he had for fitness and teaching others.

After months of coaching and training, Tommy knew that this was something he wanted to do in a larger setting. The Helm CrossFit was the perfect place to learn the interworking of the sport from great coaches and friends. Aside from coaching and training, he hits the books at Rutgers University, where he is a freshman planning to pursue a degree in business. Tommy trains every day with the aspirations of making it to regionals in the coming years.