National Championships 8Kaut is a former college rugby player at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  He played 4 years there and played on the  Belmont Shore 7s rugby team from 2007-2010.  In that span, his college never finished ranked below 8th in the nation, and with Belmont Shore 7s, the team accomplished 9th, 2nd, 1st, and 2nd in the nation respectively. Kaut was lucky enough to play rugby in Wales for a short tour with his college team. In the summer of 2009 he captained the Southern California All-Star 7s rugby team in the National All-Star tournament, where he was put on the 52 player selection list for the US National 7s Rugby team. It was his love for the weight room and fitness that allowed him to play a high level of rugby.  As a baseball player through high school, 4-year letterman and 1st team Moore League in 2005, rugby wasn't his main skill set.  But Kaut's strength, speed, and fitness level made him valuable. Because of this love of the iron, he studied endlessly powerlifting, olympic lifting, track&field, nutrition, and both general and sport-specific fitness. Not a day passes where he hasn't been reading a research study or watching a lecture related to health and fitness.Beach cities strongest man 2012 2 (5) Coached by some of the best strength coaches in the region, his love for strength grew.  It was his stay at Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio in 2010 that intensified his strength obsession.  From that point on, Kaut committed to strength, specifically powerlifting and strongman.  In his first powerlifting meet, he took 3rd in the Raw 198 lb class for California State Championships.  In Strongman, he has placed 1st (Fresno's strongest man 2012), 2nd (California's Strongest Man 2012), and 4th (Beach Cities Strongest Man 2012), the 1st and 2nd place finishes being in 200lbs and under weight class, and the 4th in the Heavyweight class (231lbs and up) -- all at a bodyweight of 180lbs. Kaut currently writes on nutrition and fitness topics for websites like, an online chronicle newspaper, and There is no greater satisfaction than being able to help someone reach a personal goal, so he is always sharing the information he learns with whoever asks.  He personally trains athletes, moms, dads, and youngsters who are trying to be the best they can possibly be physically, mentally, and professionally.