The Bony to Bombshell team is made up of us three guys: Marco (left), Jared (right) and me (Shane) in the middle. All of us have been skinny—really skinny. Over the course of our lives we beat it. Our energy levels, strength, health, confidence and enjoyment of life all shot up. Because of the huge positive impact our transformations had on our lives we became passionate about helping others do the same.
We don’t measure our worth by how much we weigh on the scale, we don’t oil up in our after shots and we don’t flex every time we pass by a mirror (in public). We want you to have more ass in your pants than in your personality.
But we know our way around the gym, we know our way around the kitchen, we know how to wade through research papers, and we know how to take full advantage of our natural slenderness. We’re really good at packing muscle onto skinny frames.
Bony to Bombshell is a small community full of great women trying to make lasting transformations. Whatever your muscle-building and physique goals are, we’re here to help you reach them. Once you build up a bootyful bod’, your glutes are yours to use as you wish – whether they’re for your husband, to impress the hunk at the bar, kick ass at sports, or to help you better play with your kids.
We also know how to walk the walk, and we’ve gained over 160 pounds between us:
In high school, at 6’4 and 150 pounds, I was pretty desperate. I was eager to increase my confidence (especially around girls), and building muscle seemed like the way to do it. I bought Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding and spent every waking hour either desperately training in the gym, or desperately reading scholarly articles about muscle. Over the course of several years I gained 63 pounds, became a pretty solid football and rugby player, and built up a ton of confidence.
Obsessed with muscle, strength and physical performance, my dream was to help other guys in the way that I had needed help. I got a B.H.Sc., then interned with strength legend Eric Cressey, took some advanced posture and alignment courses at the Postural Restoration Institute, got all kinds of strength and conditioning certifications, and flew all over the world going to conferences. These days I play a little rugby, play a little guitar, and am lucky enough to be living my dream – I coach athletes (amateur, pro and Olympic), and help skinny guys like me finally get big and strong.
With Bony to Bombshell I’m the guy in the videos who’ll be teaching you how to do all the lifts, as well as all about movement, mobility, posture, and the science of weightlifting and muscle-building.
I struggled with tendonitis and super bad posture throughout high school and university due to my long hours on the computer creating and growing websites. I tried everything I could to fix it, from physiotherapy to medication.
After graduating from university, Shane and I started up a design business. While doing that we also decided to do an experiment called Lean to Mean where we attempted to gain as much muscle as humanly possible in just four months. In the first month I managed to gain 22 pounds, bringing me from 130 to 152 pounds.
All it took were those first 30 days of weightlifting and nutrition to completely change my life. Over the next two months I gained another 11 pounds, bringing me up to 163 pounds (shown in the photo). It completely changed the way I looked and felt – I was hooked. Since then I’ve been hovering at around 175 pounds – 45 pounds heavier than when I started.
Michelle, my wife, trains with Shane and I now, and it’s become a really enjoyable lifestyle. We feel great and we love it. As far as Bony to Bombshell goes, I handle the technical side of things, I do most of the design work, I wrote the behaviour/psychology chapter in the eBook, and Michelle does the illustrations.
I’m pretty much the poster child for your stereotypical ectomorph hardgainer. My limbs are all long and lanky, and I’ve got the metabolism of a lion paired with the appetite of a small kitten. Throughout high school and most of university I couldn’t get past 130 pounds … and I’m 6’2.
Despite being so skinny though, I was desperate to be the protector and not the protected, so I turned to martial arts. The extra physical activity dropped me down to 125 pounds … and I started being paired with the girls in the class because all of the guys by this point were far larger and far stronger than me. I tried to stick it out, but after six more months I finally admitted to myself that it wasn’t working. Shortly thereafter, in my first year of university, my girlfriend (also 130 lbs) joked that she’d protect me if we ever got into trouble.
That wasn’t the kind of man I wanted to be.
I decided to run with my strengths and out-nerd my genetics. I studied incredibly hard and managed to gain 55 pounds of muscle in a remarkably short timeframe (naturally and healthfully), literally quadrupling my strength along the way.
My next girlfriend told me that she liked how safe she felt in my arms.
Knowing first hand how important this can be to people, I became passionate about helping other skinny people accomplish their own goals for their own reasons.