Actually, it's a chicken and egg sort of thing, whether you bulk or cut first. Keep in mind that this is not a matter for a few months, but for a lifetime. I'd bulk first, but that's just me. If you cut first, you'll need to bulk later. If you bulk first, you'll need to cut later. Often it's wise to consider where and when you're gonna be. For example, it's a good thing to be cut and looking good for the 'swimsuit months'. Or perhaps if there's going to be a wedding or a class reunion, where you'd want to look sharp. Do your bulking when you can wear a sweatshirt.