I am a Full Power lifter, but my goal right now is to qualify for the Arnold Bench Bash, compete with the best power lifters around at the Arnold in the bench. This does NOT mean I am not going to be training full power, it just means I have an opportunity to Qualify for the Arnold for the bench, why the fuck wouldn't I go for it?!?
The qualifier for Pro at 198 is 445 and at 220 495. I am probably going to cut to 198 and smash the 445. I hope to be close to a 500 bench by the end of this year.
I'm comfortably hovering around 235. I've thought about trying to cut weight to make the 220 class, but dieting down isn't easy for me. I can do it but I think it would severely affect my strength training. So my plan is to make sure I stay in the 242 class and just get stronger.
Best of luck to you brother. Looking forward to see you make the Arnold