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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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The Best Bulking Supplements for Skinny Guys & Hardgainers

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | 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 and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | 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 and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | 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 should gain weight while bulking, and how quickly you can add weight to the bar.…

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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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How Much Sugar is Okay While Bulking?

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

Sugar is often criticized for causing weight gain. It’s technically a calorie surplus that causes the weight gain. But sugar can certainly make it easier to get into a calorie surplus, and so increasing our sugar intake can indeed lead to weight gain. What if we’re trying to gain weight?…

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Should Ectomorphs Do Cardio While Bulking?

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Sep 16, 2019

Cardio causes a different type of adaptation from hypertrophy training. Instead of stimulating muscle growth, cardio causes us to develop more blood vessels, gain additional mitochondria in our cells, and it even increases the size of our hearts. Make no mistake, these are all great adaptations. But they aren’t muscle…

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Vegan Bulking Guide: How to Build Muscle on a Plant-Based Diet

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Aug 27, 2019

Bulking on a plant-based diet can work very well, with vegans building just as much muscle as anyone else. In fact, vegans already tend to be one step ahead of the general population when it comes to their health, especially if they eat a proper plant-based diet, and especially if…

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Are Bodyweight Exercises Good for Building Muscle?

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Aug 23, 2019

Bodyweight exercises can certainly stimulate muscle growth. There’s a lot that can stimulate muscle growth, though, ranging in intensity from resistance bands all the way to heavy barbell strength training. In fact, there’s even research showing that simply flexing your muscles can stimulate a bit of muscle growth (study). But the…

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Ketogaining: is keto good for bulking up and building muscle?

Is Keto Good for Bulking?

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Aug 13, 2019

Keto has been used as a weight-loss diet for over 200 years now. In the 70s, for example, it saw a surge in popularity because of the Atkins Diet, which started off with a strict ketogenic phase. But the fact that it has a long history of helping people lose weight…

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