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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 over 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

Illustration showing a skinny ectomorph having trouble with the barbell bench press.

The Ectomorph Workout: How to Train for Muscle Size As A Naturally Skinny Guy

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Jun 3, 2020

Naturally skinny guys are often called “ectomorphs.” It’s a slang term referring to our thinner bones, narrower frames, shallower ribcages, or lankier limbs. Does that affect how we should exercise, lift weights, and build muscle? Many of us ectomorphs also have atypical goals. Most people want to lose weight, we…

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Review of Bulking Research for Ectomorphs, Hardgainers & Skinny Guys

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | May 22, 2020

In this article, let’s take a closer look at some of the most interesting research that could help us ectomorphs, hardgainers, and skinny guys bulk up, including studies looking into: How important are bicep curls for building bigger arms? Does muscle memory really exist? How long should we rest between…

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Illustration of a skinny man building muscle.

The Skinny Guy’s Guide to Newbie Gains

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | May 18, 2020

If you’re a skinny guy who’s new to lifting weights, it’s possible to build muscle incredibly quickly. Lifters call this phenomenon “newbie gains,” and it lasts for about a year. During that first year alone, the average man will often claim to gain around 20 pounds of muscle. Skinny guys…

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Why Is It So Hard for Hardgainers to Gain Weight?

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | May 14, 2020

Struggling to bulk up as a naturally skinny “hardgainer” can be confusing. We’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic, surrounded by people who gain weight by accident, and yet no matter what we do, we can’t budge the scale. Why is it so hard for us to bulk up?…

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Is Bulking Healthy? Can We Make it Healthier?

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | May 12, 2020

Different people bulk in different ways, and so depending on how we approach it, it can be either good or bad for our general health. However, as a general rule, bulking involves habitual weight training, eating a lot of whole food, eating plenty of protein, getting an abundance of good…

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The Skinny Guy’s Guide to Bodyweight Hypertrophy Workouts

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | May 9, 2020

Most people build muscle with weight training, and that’s certainly an easy way to do it, but it’s also possible to bulk up with just our bodyweight workouts (aka calisthenics). If we put enough mechanical tension on our muscles, they will grow. That’s just as true with bodyweight training as…

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Before and After Illustration of man building a thicker and more muscular neck.

How to Build a Thicker Neck

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Apr 17, 2020

Given that our specialty is helping skinny guys bulk up, we often get asked how to build a thicker neck. And I can relate to that. I always hated how skinny my neck was. When I first started bulking, my neck was fourteen inches around. A long way from the…

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How Big Should Men Build Their Legs?

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Apr 16, 2020

What’s the ideal male leg size? How often should we be squatting and deadlifting? How much emphasis should we put on leg training if our goal is to improve our health, general strength, and appearance? What’s interesting is that there are popular views at opposite ends of the spectrum: Some…

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Illustration of a muscular man doing biceps curls with resistance bands.

Are Resistance Bands as Good as Free Weights for Building Muscle?

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Apr 10, 2020

We have an article about how to build a barbell home gym and we’re about to publish one about how to build a much smaller, cheaper home gym with just dumbbells or kettlebells. Our motto has always been that we can help you build muscle with any sort of weights,…

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