Just curious about my current training mentality. Im 5'8 ~172 and at (hopefully) the trailing end of a cut. Pre-college was the best shape of my life (high school athletics - Hockey) and of course starting adding fat in and after college...with a poor off and on training regimine. So Id like to think theres a reasonable build underneath a few years of fat
Anyway, Ive been continuing the cut mostly because of what I see (or moreso what I want to see soon) in the mirror, but also because (to me) cutting is far more challenging...and I want to see if I can condition my diet and training into single digit bodyfat percentages. Id like to look leaner for the summer. Get rid of fat for more definition...the usual. Bulking is so much more fun and easy IMO...you get to eat, lift, and achieve gains. The hardest part is the physical activity, which also happens to be the most fun!
Heres my question:
Ive been thinking that if I cut enough to get down near or into the single digits of BF% (I was at 18% at 198lbs per a bodpod test) I will have a "cleaner frame" to begin bulking. I feel better and better about how I look with cutting (for obvious reasons) but I cannot wait to get back bulking as Ive always had fun gains.
Is it logical for a guy with ~12-14%bf to cut himself lean before bulking in an effort to clean bulk back up? Are there any benefits to bulking from single digit bodyfat percentages vs bulking with bf in the teens? Or should I start bulking now as I am likely to replace whatever fat I lose now a few weeks-months into my bulk?
Make sense? Thoughts? Thanks!