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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

Train Around Chronic Pain & Still Build Muscle

By Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Jan 1, 2017

I will be the first to tell you that chronic pain can really take away from exercise. It’s a huge reason a lot of people do not enjoy activities as much as they could. Over the years training clients and conversing with fellow gym folk, I’ve noticed a trend in…

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How To Get Back To The Gym

By Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Dec 1, 2016

You’re at a dinner party and you’ve just finished telling your uncle how you started going to the gym, got all kinds of sick gains, and then how you lost them all when school intensified and you just couldn’t keep it up. He retorts, “Max, you just need to get back on…

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The Male Body Types: Ectomorph, Endomorph, Mesomorph

By Shane Duquette | Nov 15, 2016

The three male body types are the endomorph, the mesomorph, and the ectomorph. Endomorphs are stockier and chubbier, mesomorphs are broader and more muscular, and ectomorphs are thinner and leaner. Or that’s what people say, anyway. Men do have varying heights and bone structures. But do these traits combine together to…

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How to Gain Weight If You’re Skinny

By Jared Polowick | Oct 7, 2016

Sometimes you’ll find an article about how to gain weight that doesn’t quite make sense. It’s not that it’s wrong, it’s just that it’s clearly written by someone who isn’t skinny and who’s never struggled to gain weight. They just don’t get how tough it is for us skinny guys…

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The Social Workout: A Skinny Guy’s Guide to Confidence

By Shane Duquette | Jul 20, 2016

A few weeks ago we got an email from a Beastly member, Nick, saying that he had referenced our Ectomorph Aesthetics article on his site. He thought that it perfectly described the physique that women find the most attractive. That got me curious about what his site was all about,…

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Illustration of a skinny hardgainer with an ectomorph body type.

How to Know If You’re an Ectomorph

By Shane Duquette | May 17, 2016

Most of us ectomorphs describe ourselves as being naturally skinny and we tend to have a hard time gaining weight. More specifically, though, ectomorphs are usually defined by having narrower shoulders, lankier longer limbs, thinner bones, and a lower body-fat percentage. Being an ectomorph is also associated with having a…

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Illustration of a naturally skinny guy building bigger abs.

The Skinny Guy’s Guide to Building Bigger Abs

By Shane Duquette and Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Mar 24, 2016

Why do some skinny guys with a low body-fat percentage not have visible abs? After all, for the average guy, getting abs simply requires getting lean. But what if you’re already lean and you still don’t have abs? If you try to search for information about how to get abs, there are…

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How to Build a More Attractive Physique: Infographic

By Shane Duquette | Mar 16, 2016

Seven years ago, we published an article titled Ectomorph Aesthetics: The Science of Building an Attractive, Aesthetic Physique, covering everything you should know about why women find certain physiques more attractive than others. However, although we covered what was attractive, we didn’t go into how to become attractive. To help remedy that, I made an…

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The Skinny Struggle is Real

By Shane Duquette | Nov 4, 2015

I spent almost 10 years of my life trying and failing to gain weight. In fact, when I tried to bulk up, I would often lose weight. And whenever I did gain a few pounds, I’d get a cold or take a break, and the weight would melt right off. I’d wind…

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