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Chris Mercadel, Military Training Coordinator and personal trainer at Ochsner’s Elmwood Fitness Center, won first place in his height class at the National Physique Committee (NPC) USA Championships. His first place win in the Men’s Physique Class B category earned him an International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) professional card. Other IFBB pros have included Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The competition was held in Las Vegas and featured 805 competitors.