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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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Is Strength Training Good for Building Muscle?

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Aug 1, 2019

Is strength training good for building muscle? Some of the most popular programs that skinny guys use to bulk up, such as StrongLifts and Starting Strength, are designed for gaining strength. But what if we’re trying to become bigger and stronger? Are strength training programs good for building muscle? If…

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What equipment should you buy if you're trying to build a barbell home gym to train for size, strength and aesthetics

How to Build a Barbell Home Gym

By Shane Duquette | Jul 3, 2019

Let’s say your goal is to build muscle and bulk up, you want to do it at home, and you have the space to build a home gym. What lifting equipment should you get? In this guide, we’ll go over how to build a simple barbell home gym, including: What…

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The Growth Mindset

By Walter Freiberg | Jun 18, 2019

One of the biggest obstacles to transform our bodies might not be in our genes. It’s not about being skinny. It’s not about being ectomorphs. Many times, what holds us back are our beliefs. We want to change our bodies, but… how can we get started on a new journey…

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Muscle Size and Strength Standards for Ectomorphs

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | May 4, 2019

How much muscle and strength can an ectomorph gain? There’s plenty of research looking into rates of muscle and strength gain. But what if you’re a naturally skinny guy? Are there different strength standards for ectomorphs? Ectomorphs do start off with less muscle mass, but what effect does that have on…

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Should you lift while sore? Is it bad not to feel sore after a workout? Is soreness in your lower back normal?

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) & Muscle Growth

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Apr 9, 2019

When I first started lifting weights, I was absolutely crippled by muscle soreness. People cringed when they saw me try to sit in a chair. I loved it. I was sick and tired of being skinny, and I thought the muscle soreness was a sign that my muscles were growing.…

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How Inflammation Affects Muscle Growth & Fat Storage

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Feb 21, 2019

Inflammation is an odd beast. We’ve been getting some questions about it in the community, but most members are approaching it dead backwards. I don’t blame them—it’s totally counterintuitive. Unhealthy foods cause inflammation, and if we eat too many of them, we can wind up chronically inflamed. Healthy bulking foods,…

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The best chest exercises for mass

The Best Lifts for Growing a Lagging Chest

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Nov 1, 2018

Our chest muscles are some of the largest and most powerful muscles in our bodies. Unfortunately, our pecs are also notoriously difficult to grow. In fact, if you’re a naturally skinny guy with either narrow shoulders or a shallow ribcage, bulking up your chest can seem downright impossible. Fortunately, there…

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What is creatine? How do you take it? What side effects does creatine have? Can creatine cause balding? Stomach aches after taking creatine?

The Creatine Guide: What Is Creatine, How To Take It, Natural Creatine Sources, Side Effects, The Best Creatine Brands & More

By Jared Polowick and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Sep 25, 2018

Once upon a time, I was 23 years old and 130 pounds at 6 feet tall. I was dangerously skinny and clinically underweight, with a BMI of 17.6. I stood hunchbacked from all my time spent hunched over my desk studying graphic design. I was not a beacon of health.…

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Is Intermittent Fasting Good For Bulking?

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Jul 10, 2018

Intermittent fasting is a common technique that people use to lose weight. But what happens if we use intermittent fasting while bulking—while gaining weight? Will it affect our muscle growth or fat gain? After all, intermittent fasting raises growth hormone production, which purportedly helps with muscle growth; it increases increase…

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