Coaching is about more than just taking you through the motions, a good coach is highly skilled at technique, the ability to give cues, programing, motivation, and able to handle any situation.

A great coach can take all of those things and motivate an athlete to become the highest expression of their strength, power, performance and health.

Our coaches aren’t just good, they’re great and they create great athletes.

John Devitt

John Devitt


“I have a passion for people to exceed the expectations that ever thought they were capable of.”


Hi I’m the owner and head coach at CrossFit Kalos Sthenos. I’ve been a personal trainer since 1999. When I started my training at 24 Hour Fitness in 1999 in my hometown of Billings Montana I instantly fell in love with it. Why? It was awesome to help people with their health and fitness goals. In 2000 I moved to Santa Clarita and continued with personal training. Almost ten years ago I found kettlebells and shortly thereafter CrossFit.

After doing my first CF workout ‘Murph’ I instantly fell in love with CF. It was a perfect fit for me having grown up doing gymnastics, distance running, and weight training. For the next few years I had been going back and forth from kettlebells to CF as I was training for the RKC (Russain Kettlebell Challenge). After completing my first RKC I started doing small group training. I’ve since also become a Level II RKC. I continued to train my groups on kettlebells up until 2010 when I felt my clients would benefit from more than just kettlebells. That is when I decided to get certified as a CrossFit coach.
What’s Kalos Sthenos? It’s Greek for beautiful strength/movement. It’s also the origin of the word calisthenics. The foundation to my training with all my clients for the past nine years has been the Kalos Sthenos Turkish Get Up that I learned through the RKC system. At CrossFit Kalos Sthenos it is my goal for my people to first and foremost OWN the Turkish Get Up. Why? I’ve seen first hand in the past nine years with hundreds of people the benefits of this ancient movement/exercise. Also I want all the CrossFit movements/exercises to be Kalos Sthenos, BEAUTIFUL MOVEMENT, BEAUTIFUL STRENGTH!

Cheryl Baca Hovey

Cheryl Baca Hovey

CF-L1 Trainer/CrossFit Kids

“I love motivating people & helping them to realize that no matter what your background is, it’s never too late to take control of your heath & be the best you can be!”


I am proud to be one of the founding members of CrossFit Kalos Stenos. I received my CrossFit Level 1 certification in Aug of 2012, CrossFit Kids certification in March 2013, CrossFit Mobility certification in 2014 & attended the Outlaw Barbell Camp in Nov. 2014. My specialty is kettlebells, but I am also well versed in all other area of CrossFit.

I am the Event Coordinator for CrossFit Kalos Sthenos. Camaraderie is an important part of what makes us different from other boxes. We enjoy doing things together with our families outside of our normal classes. I also facilitate all of our nutritional challenges. Making healthy lifestyle changes can be difficult. Having the support of your box mates, as well as a coach can be the difference between success & failure. When we are all working towards a common goal, it makes it that much easier to attain.
I have a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology, am happily married & am the proud mother of two teenage daughters (who also love CrossFit). I am actively involved in the Santa Clarita community, holding parent volunteer positions at both the High school & Jr. High level, as well as serving on the SCV Council PTA .
I did not grow up as an athlete, but embraced fitness once my kids were older. I love motivating people & helping them to realize that no matter what your background is, it’s never too late to take control of your heath & be the best you can be!