As I enter another cutting cycle I was wondering if there might not be an easier (and more interesting) way to approach this. There are some advocates of a “slow bulk” here, but I suspect you would have to be dialed in exactly right and, even then, some don’t believe it works well. I currently do long cycles with weekly weight increments, typically starting at 80% of RM and going for 4 weeks per RM range (except 15 RM, which stays at two weeks, or could be skipped). I was considering what might be called a “punctuated bulk” where I would add a fifth week to each range that duplicates the 100% RM week. The difference is that this would be a cutting week. If you gain the targeted 1 lb/wk on your bulk, with ½ being fat, a four week mesocycle would presumably add 2 lbs of fat. It is relatively easy to take off 1.5, even 2, lbs of fat in a week, so you would reduce the need for longer cutting cycles with this approach, maybe even eliminate them if your numbers are right (or using periodic fasting, whatever). This seems a fairly obvious variation and I have seen some limited discussion on other boards, so I am thinking folks may have tried something like this. It is sort of a variation on a slow bulk, but with the known effectiveness of periods of full bulking caloric intake. I can think of several advantages relative to longer cuts: - avoids tedium of longer cuts - avoids metabolic slowdown and the need to keep reducing calories on longer cuts - avoids strength loss that can happen toward the end of longer cuts Comments?