Bony to Beastly’s finally cookin’!

Marco Cooking Bony to Beastly Eat More

Update: I’ll leave this post alive, but beta was a complete success. Read the full Bony to Beastly story here, and check out the finished program here.

The holidays are over and our skinny man’s muscle manual is coming along well. We’ve got a lot of the content written up, a ton of great recipes, and this weekend we’re filming instructional videos that will explain the workouts. Stay tuned!

Our 4 month ectomorph transformation experiment results:

And Marco’s officially joined the Bony to Beastly / Lean to Mean team. If you don’t think he looks all that much like an ectomorph that’s okay — we don’t blame you. I met Marco back in high school and he was just as skinny as I was. Boy was I ever surprised to see him a few months ago at 210 pounds!

Here’s the skinny Marco that I knew in high school:


  1. Greg on January 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Can’t wait to see that guide! I’m just finished my first week of workouts starting at 5″10 and 133lbs. Hoping to get to at least 150lbs or so, maybe a little less. Think I’m aiming for a Brad Pitt “Snatch” type of body. I’m starting out with a 3-Day split of Chest/Triceps, Legs, and Back/Biceps initially, but I’ll have to wait until Monday to see if I’ve made any gains. Keep up the good work!

    • W. Shane Duquette on January 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Ah that’s awesome Greg! It should be ready soon, but we want to get some testing done first to make sure it’s really as perfect as can be. We know it works really damn well, but we want to make sure that people understand it, like it, and can realistically follow it. I’m sending you an email 🙂

  2. Karthik on January 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    This is a very inspirational transformation. I am trying to beat my bad skinny genetics too. I am currently at 5’6″ and 140 lbs and trying to get muscular in the next six months. I am trying out Derek’s 12 week bulking program on bodybuilding for starters but would be very interested in learning about you routine as well! Once again congratulations on the transformation and giving me some confidence 🙂

    • W. Shane Duquette on February 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Greg tells me he’s already up a few pounds of muscle — I’ll send you an email too 🙂

  3. Jesse on February 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Brought here from a youtube video, good inspiration…I just started training myself and I too am an ectomorph (6″2 145 lbs) Any suggestions would be great even though you guys dont have a plan ready yet

  4. Jason on February 6, 2012 at 12:33 am

    i found you guys through your youtube video as well. I’d love an email as well if you have extras 😉

  5. Brent on February 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Skinny here too, but with a gut- which looks awful on skinny dudes haha. And I would give anything to go from no ass to huge ass 🙂
    Send me any advice!

    • W. Shane Duquette on February 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Ah skinny-fat — I’ve been there. A couple years ago I was eating 7000 calories a day for a little while in a misguided attempt to finally put on some muscle. Which is a higher priority to you right now? Dropping the gut or packing on some muscle? Doing both at once will make accomplishing either a much longer process. If you’d like you could follow this plan, and then a couple weeks from now when you’ve ditched the gut we can start talking about putting on some serious muscle Bony to Beastly style? 🙂

  6. Pedro on February 8, 2012 at 10:00 am


    this is my 8th month since I started working out, I saw your lean to mean program a couple of months ago, and that was really inspirational, with great results. I’m 5’9″ and I was 123.5 pounds 8 months ago, now I’m 138.68, and I really have a certain difficulty in gaining weight and muscles. I’m thinking about adding supplements to my diet. Do you guys have any suggestions?


  7. B on February 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I’m very glad to hear you guys are putting a full guide together. I definitely struggle to put on (and keep) muscle, would love to have some guidance that’s relevant for skinny dudes. Any more of those emails going around? 😉

  8. Pedro on February 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I’ve typed my e-mail wrong, on my last comment. I’d appreciate if you sent the e-mail to me one more time.

  9. jason collins on February 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    hey guys,im like every other skinny guy around i find it very hard to gain weight and muscle,but watching your videos have given me hope… i think all us skinny guys appreciate the effort you have put into this videos and i cant wait for the guide so i can get some more help with what exercises to do and food to eat!!

    once again thanks!

  10. Al on March 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    hope! inspiration! its all here! all coz i watched a youtube video. gotta have that huge ass! theres no point in giving up now for me now that this is hard proof.

  11. RAA on March 8, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I am 5″11 138lb I want to gain muscle like you guys. I’m trying a 12 week program but am more than interested in your workout plan. if you could please send me an email when your product is finished it would be greatly appreciated. And would it be free? My email again is And when would it be available too the whole community not just beta testers??

  12. Carl sands on March 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Hey guys,

    Greetings from Ireland!

    Got directed here from a YouTube video and your site is great.
    I literally began going to the gym today for the first time, was told I was an ectomorph, and that I needed to start eating 3000 calories a day with like 300grams of protein. Any advice would be greatly appreciated – I will be doing before and after photos also. I’m 6ft and 145lbs.


    • W. Shane Duquette on March 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Hey Carl!
      Congrats on getting to the gym! I hope it works out!
      Haha it isn’t as much protein as it seems. If you eat 3000 calories of balanced meals that are roughly 30% protein you’ll hit 225g, and that’ll be all you need. If you had a very typical 150 pound body (15% body fat, maybe 5’10) and a very typical lifestyle (some walking + a desk job) then 3000 would be good for gaining weight.

      We’ll be starting up a new blog for Bony to Beastly within the month, targeted at one person: a skinny guy looking to build a big healthy strong physique. I think you’ll love it.

      In the meantime you could check out Marco’s blog. There’s some good stuff on there!

      And because you asked for advice: buy fish oil and have it every morning and every night. If you’re affluent buy Krill oil. It’s the most underrated and effective supplement for building an impressive physique. It’s incredibly good for you, too.

  13. dom on March 15, 2012 at 2:26 am

    imma able to get an email too

  14. dom on March 15, 2012 at 3:26 am

    i found you guys at bodybuilding forum and you guys had great progress and im looking for some bodybuilding tips for ecotomorph in getting bigger

    • W. Shane Duquette on March 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      We can do better than that 🙂
      Bony to Beastly will be ready soon!

  15. shaan on March 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    hi im in the same boat as everyone else here. i’m an ectomorph been trying to put mass on but bot had much luck would appreciate it if you could also send me the email. Thank you

  16. swarley on March 22, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Could you link me your complete program?

    Great progress, keep killing it dudes.

    • W. Shane Duquette on March 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Hey Swarley,

      We’re launching the program on its own domain (, but the product won’t be finished until the end of March. The website won’t be fully functional until then either, but check ‘er out 🙂

  17. shaan on March 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

    hi when will the full program be ready to go. if so how can we access it.
    thsnk you

    • W. Shane Duquette on March 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Bony to Beastly should be fully ready in the next couple of days! We’ll make a post when it launches, but I can shoot ya an email too 🙂

  18. Shaan on April 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Yeh that would be great thanks 🙂

  19. caesar on April 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    HEY! I want this program so bad, I’m really skinny and like the other guys it’s so hard for me to grow muscles and gain weight, but now with all your pictures, videos and stuff I feel so inspirated! I want to hit the gym right now! I can’t wait for this program!

  20. jose g on November 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Hi guys,
    Your videos and pics have been very inspirational. I’ve been trying for ages to put on weight. But as you guys i have gone the wrong so many times. Hope you can provide some serious guidance. Thanks for the help and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

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