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Periodization

I’m looking for info/examples on how people organize their training year. Almost all of the posts and articles are on specific routines, like Ian King 12 weeks, 5x5, meltdown, etc. I understand the general idea of changing various aspects of one’s routine every few weeks, but I’m curious what people do in practice. For example, how long do people spend bulking before cutting, and vice versa?

(I’m now a few weeks into my first (!) bulking phase, doing Ian King 12-weeks programs for legs and upper body, and thinking about what to do next, probably 5x5 during a two-month cutting phase starting in a couple of months, to go from 10% to 7% body fat.)