Muscle-Building for Skinny Guys
by Skinny Guys
We're Bony to Beastly, and for the past ten years, we've specialized in helping skinny guys build muscle, get strong, and gain weight. 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, a naturally skinny strength coach who had already gained 63 pounds. We also helped our other business partner, Jared Polowick, gain 50 pounds. Not all of the weight we gained was muscle, but the vast majority of it was, and all of us finished looking leaner than when we started.
And then we founded Bony to Beastly (for skinny men), Bony to Bombshell (for skinny women), and Outlift (for post-skinny lifters), where we've spent the past ten years helping over 10,000 skinny people build muscle, 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.
If you've been travelling the world wide web searching for how to build muscle as a naturally skinny dude, hoping to find community, muscle, and everlasting abs—welcome! That's what we're all about.
- If you're a so-called hardgainer, where no matter how much you eat, you find it nigh impossible to gain weight, we hear ya. We've got an article on why it's so hard for us to gain weight.
- If you've got an "ectomorph" body type, with thinner wrists and narrower shoulders, and you worry that you won't ever be able to become visibly strong, we had that same fear. Fortunately, we actually tend to build muscle pretty well, especially while making our newbie gains.
- If you're skinny-fat, getting bigger and smaller without ever getting leaner or stronger, we've been there, and we can help you escape the skinny-fat trap.
- 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 things like how to eat more calories, how to lift for maximal muscle growth, and how to make homemade weight gainers. You know, topics that skinny guys are interested in.
Here are some of our other popular articles:
- What's an Ectomorph? Is That Even a Real Term?
- How Much of an Ectomorph Are You?
- A Skinny Beginner's Guide to Lifting Weights
- How to Build a Barbell Home Gym
- How to Build Muscle with Bodyweight Workouts
- How Fast Should Skinny Guys Gain Weight?
- Is Bulking Healthy? Can We Make It Healthier?
- How to Build Broader Shoulders
- How to Build a Thicker Neck
- The Skinny Guy's Guide to Getting Abs
- Are Resistance Bands Good for Building Muscle?
- Is Intermittent Fasting Good For Building Muscle?
- Is Keto Good for Building Muscle?
- Should Skinny Guys Do Cardio?
- How Big Should Your Legs Be?
- How Much Muscle is Attractive?
- How to Build a Hollywood Physique
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Our Recent Bulking Articles
Is “ectomorph” a real term? Is it a real thing? Is that an accurate way of describing a naturally skinny person with a small bone structure? These are surprisingly controversial questions, it’s a controversial word, and over the past ten years, we’ve gotten a lot of flack for using it.…Read More
In this article, I want to talk about realistic physique goals, both in terms of understanding the timeframe that it takes to build muscle, as well as how good you can expect to look by the end of it. Perhaps it’s our audience, being largely made up of skinny guys…Read More
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