I usually bulk up in the winter
In the winter time I will allow myself to eat alot and I will do alot of powerlifting and very little cardio. I take advantage of the baggy clothes you wear during winter. Ill gain alot of fat and muscle. Then when spring comes in I start to transition to less weight lifting and lots of cardio and by the time summer hits im barely lifting, just enough to maintain some of my muscle, but I do alot of cardio and fasting to get ripped. Then by fall I start repeating the cycle. Ive been doing this for 2 years now.