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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

Is milk good for building lean muscle? Is GOMAD good for bulking?

Is Milk Good For Helping Skinny Guys Bulk Up? (GOMAD)

By Shane Duquette | Sep 12, 2012

If you’re a naturally skinny guy who’s been having trouble bulking up, milk can often help. There’s a simple reason for that: by drinking more milk, you’ll be adding more calories and protein into your diet. Milk is also a rich source of nutrients that are helpful for guys who…

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Is There a Link Between Posture & Muscle?

By Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | Jul 23, 2012

I’m a huge fan of improving posture. It may not be the most “hardcore” thing to focus on in a training program, however, it will turn your body into a hard-core machine. If you took a look at all the people in super hero movies you will find some commonalities.…

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How Many Meals Per Day Should You Eat While Bulking?

By Shane Duquette | Jun 7, 2012

Bodybuilders used to think that they needed to eat five, six, or even seven meals per day while bulking. If you asked him why he was eating so often, he would tell you that he needed to stoke the metabolic fire, prevent muscle catabolism, keep his blood sugar levels steady, and…

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Muscle-Building Mythtake #4: Never having heard of neutral spine

By Shane Duquette | Jun 6, 2012

Okay so not having heard of something isn’t a myth—it’s a mistake.  (I apologize for the lithpy pun.) Anyway, neutral spine and neutral neck (or “packed neck”, as Marco calls it) are both really damn important. Proper spinal alignment is debatably the single most important training cue out there. All performance…

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What are the best macros for bulking for an ectomorph? Should skinny guys eat more carbs for lean muscle gains?

Should Ectomorphs Eat More Carbs While Bulking?

By Shane Duquette | Jun 6, 2012

Carbs are considered unhealthy in most diets because they taste good and they’re easy to overeat, which causes people to gain weight. Most people are overweight, so anything that causes them to gain even more weight is unhealthy. But what if you’re an ectomorph who’s trying to gain weight? The other…

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Is Training to Failure Good for Muscle Growth?

By Shane Duquette | Jun 4, 2012

For most guys, stopping their sets short of failure will allow them to build muscle more quickly. This is especially true of people who are still relatively new to lifting. This is because training to failure can cause excessive muscle damage, which can impede muscle growth. It can also ingrain poor…

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Muscle-Building Myth #1: Crunches are Cool

By Shane Duquette | Jun 1, 2012

We’re going to write up a 5-part series debunking some common muscle-building/fitness industry myths, starting with the most scam-ridden body part of all—your abs. You already know that you need to lose fat to see your abs, so I’m not going to beat a dead horse. This myth is far more…

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Bachelor of Stress: With a Major in Minor Things.

By Marco Walker-Ng, BHSc, PTS | May 24, 2012

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made with training, and in life, is to worry about useless-ass trivial things. When I used to be a “pro” bodybuilder (in my parents’ basement), my regime was more complicated than trying to understand why they made 13 movies of Land Before Time. The…

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Obe’s Anti-Secret: How a Lifetime Ectomorph Gained 20 Pounds of Muscle in 5 Weeks

By Shane Duquette | May 3, 2012

Obe is a student in studying commercial aviation, not unlike the other Obi you all know and love. Unlike Obi though, Obe is real. He’s married, spends his free time playing soccer and watching movies, and a little over 5 weeks ago became a really supportive member of the Bony…

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