I am 5’8", 180lbs, 20-21% body fat (measured with calipers). I just spent 3 months cutting down some weight, before I was 195lbs at 34% body fat. Worked hard and am down a bunch now. My question here is if I should continue to cut or begin a bulk. I have been lifting for 10+ years on and off but only now am taking it seriously. Because of this, I still consider myself a beginner.
In short my goals are to get around 10% body fat around 180 lbs, i stress eventually, i know it will take a while. I began powerlifting last year and got my strength up a lot, for example my deadlift went from 180 to 370 since last year (3 rep max). I feel strong and i have good technique from every trainer i have worked with and was even licensed as a trainer when i was younger and in better shape. I know how to and what to do to diet for either a cut or bulk. The question here is what is the best approach to take now? Do I continue to cut down more or do I bulk and put on some more muscle mass?
My original idea was to cut and bulk in 4 week cycles to minimize fat gains on the bulks, but from what i am reading more and more, it is bad to switch back and forth so quickly. This would be due to the body not holding on to muscle gained when going from bulking to cutting, essentially the body would say “oh we are cutting now, i have some great fuel in these muscles to eat up!” trying to avoid that.
Sorry for the long winded post, any advice or experience in this to share is greatly appreciated.