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The Bulking Site for Skinny Guys

Made by Skinny Guys

We're Bony to Beastly, and for the past eight years, we've specialized in helping skinny guys bulk up. People say it's a small niche. And they're right, it is. But give us a little more time. If this bulk goes according to plan, we'll soon be the most muscular niche on the internet.

I'm Shane Duquette, and I gained 55 pounds in a little over two years. I was lucky. I had the help of my business partner, Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS, PN, who had already gained 63 pounds. We also helped our other business partner, Jared Polowick, gain 50 pounds. We don't walk the walk—that's cardio—but we can certainly bench the bench.

Before and after photo of a skinny guy bulking up and becoming muscular
Before and after photos of a skinny guy bulking up and becoming muscular
Before and after photo of a skinny guy bulking up and gaining muscle

More importantly, over the past eight years, we've helped nearly 10,000 other skinny guys bulk up, with clients ranging from MDs to RDs to PhDs, from college students to senior citizens, and from office workers to our Canadian Olympic rugby team.

Before and after photo of a skinny guy building muscle
Before and after photo of a skinny guy building muscle
Before and after photo of a skinny guy gaining muscle in one year
Before and after photo of a skinny guy bulking up his shoulders and becoming muscular

The proof is in the protein shake, too. Check out these absolutely gnarly ectomorph transformations from guys doing the Bony to Beastly Program.

  • If you've been wandering the hardgainer desert, you've just found a bulking oasis. And we spiked the spring with maltodextrin.
  • If you've been trapped in skinny-fat purgatory, getting bigger or smaller without ever getting leaner or stronger, then we'll gladly guide you through the Inferno, burning fat with every step.
  • Or if you're just a regular dude who wishes he wasn't quite so thin, we can help you bulk up. That's what we do best, and we do it better than anyone else.

People call us the Costco of muscle. You can find anything you want, but everything is in bulk. We write about how to eat more calories, how to lift for maximal muscle growth, what we can do about our fast metabolisms, and how to make homemade weight gainers.

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Our Recent Bulking Articles

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How Quickly Should You Gain Weight While Bulking?

By Shane Duquette | Oct 27, 2019

I remember being skinny and wanting to gain weight FAST. I didn’t just want to be muscular yesterday, I wanted to be muscular in every single one of my previous lives. We aren’t trying to gain weight, though, we’re trying to gain muscle. And if we bulk up too fast,…

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How Much Alcohol is Okay While Bulking?

By Shane Duquette | Oct 25, 2019

Maybe you’ve heard that beer builds beer bellies, that alcohol can tank our testosterone production, or that drinking too much can impair muscle growth. All of this is true. In fact, it gets worse. Alcohol can also disrupt our sleep, which can further reduce muscle growth, cause extra fat gain,…

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Bulking Set Point and “Muscle Memory”

By Shane Duquette | Oct 16, 2019

You could think of your body as having a built-in bodyweight thermostat. You might have your weight set at, say, 130 pounds. If you go above 135, your appetite automatically turns off until you get back to 130 pounds. If you go below 125 pounds, your appetite automatically turns on…

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The Pros and Cons of Clean and Dirty Bulking

By Shane Duquette | Oct 3, 2019

Should your calories come from clean foods, dirty foods, or does it not even matter? Bulking up requires a calorie surplus, and the faster you want to gain weight, the bigger that calorie surplus will need to be. But where should those calories come from? There are two popular approaches:…

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The Very Best Bulking Foods

By Shane Duquette | Sep 28, 2019

What are the best foods for bulking up? It might seem like a simple question, and it is, but if we want to build a truly Beastly bulking diet, we can go pretty deep with it. For example, junk food is high in calories and easy to digest. Great for…

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The Best Bulking Supplements for Skinny Guys

By Shane Duquette | Sep 28, 2019

Over 5,000 shares and 500 comments later, here’s our revised supplement guide for skinny guys who are trying to build muscle in time for last summer. We’ll cover everything you need to know about supplements that speed up muscle growth, such as creatine, and we’ll go over the supplements that help…

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The Skinny Guy’s Guide to Eating More Calories

By Shane Duquette | Sep 25, 2019

Most ectomorphs have trouble eating enough calories to gain weight. There’s a good reason for that, too: we have faster metabolisms and smaller stomachs. Unfortunately, the only way to gain weight is to get into a calorie surplus. I know that’s a tough bite to swallow, especially if you’re already…

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Are You a Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Lifter?

By Shane Duquette | Sep 24, 2019

How can you tell whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced lifter? That’s a good question. The answer can change which bulking lifts you build your routine around, which workout program you pick, how quickly you bulk up, and how quickly you add weight to the bar. So in this article,…

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How to Build a Bigger and Straighter Upper Back

By Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Sep 22, 2019

A common issue with us skinny guys is that we develop a bony upper back that caves in on itself. Part of that is due to being skinny, so we’ll cover how to bulk up the upper-back muscles. And part of that is due to having poor upper-back posture (kyphosis…

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