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Fractional Plates – 0.5lb set of 8

Fractional cast iron plates, with a guaranteed weight tolerance of +/- 1%. These fit standard 2” barbells and an entire set includes eight (8) fractional plates that weigh 0.5 lbs each (4 pounds total).


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Fractional Plates — your secret weapon for hitting new personal bests

Listen, buddy — I get it. You never thought that you’d need smaller weight plates than 2.5lbs. After all, change plates cover your bases pretty well already.

But haven’t you wondered why your arm and shoulder strength always lag behind? Sure, these are smaller muscle groups than those in your legs. But their lack of progress mostly boils down to getting pummelled by the same loading scheme used to progress squats and deadlifts, by adding 2.5-5lbs per side.

Instead of forcing 5-10lb jumps on overhead presses and biceps curls, these lifts should be loaded in a more sensible way — by adding weight in smaller increments of 1-4lbs.

Benefits of Fractional Weight Plates

Our fractional weight plates are a must-have for your gym, here’s why they deserve your hard-earned cash.

  • More personal records. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced lifter, your lifts will eventually plateau. If adding 2.5lb plates to each side of the bar causes you to fail the lift, you can load a fraction of that instead and continue getting stronger. Plus, a 1lb PR is easier to hit than a 5lb PR — yes, it still counts!
  • Accuracy matters. When you’re adding .5lb to each side, you better believe that accuracy is critical. These cast iron plates have a guaranteed 1% tolerance, but many of our fractional plates are within 10 grams of their listed weight. Looking for heavier, affordable weight plates? Be sure to check out our Mighty Grip iron plates.
  • Perfect fit. In an act of desperation, lifters often resort to using washers or magnets to create makeshift 0.5 lb plates. While these technically “work”, they either don’t fit on the sleeve of your barbell or they fall off mid-set. With these 0.5lb fractional plates, they’ll actually fit on the sleeve of your standard barbell and stay on as they should.
  • Easy micro-loading. Adding just 5lbs to your 50lb barbell curl is a whopping 10% weight jump. No wonder smaller muscles lag so far behind! Fractional plates make it easier to load exercises that work smaller muscle groups like your biceps, triceps and shoulders. By micro-loading in 1, 2, 3 or 4lb increments, you get fewer plateaus and more progress.
  • Sleek craftsmanship. Our fractional plates are designed to creatively include the words “Bells of Steel” and our logo, so you can show your support while you lift. Plus, their design helps them double as ninja throwing-stars (just kidding, throwing these plates is not recommended).
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Just what I needed

They fit my Olympic bar nicely and do the job.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Power lifting

Bells of Steel

Hey there, Thank you for the great review! Every half pound counts in your powerlifting journey. We are glad these fit so well and we hope they make adding weight a fraction of the work. Happy Lifting, Andrew and the B.o.S Team


Micro Plates

Great plates good for linear progression

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Be stronger

Bells of Steel

Hey there, Thanks for the great review. The Fractional Plates may be small, but they make a big difference in progression, for sure! Time to get those gainz, bit by bit! Thanks again, and happy lifting! Kat and the B.o.S. Crew


Break Through Plateaus!

Bought these a few weeks ago and they have been an absolute game changer for helping me bust through plateaus! If you're like me and have a hard time progressing lifts like bench or OHP then I'd highly recommend this product! Great quality for the price. An underrated home gym product in my opinion.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Gain Strength & Size

0.5lb fractional plate (set of 8)

High quality, cheaper than elsewhere, fits on standard olympic barbell -- very happy with them.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: bodybuilding

Bells of Steel

Thanks for the review! Happy to hear you are pleased with our pricing and quality of our B.o.S. Fractional plates. That makes our day when our customers are happy! Happy lifting! Irene and the B.o.S. Crew

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Good set of fractional plates

Purchased this set of plates and have been mostly pleased with their performance. These have been within their stated weight tolerances and have been useful for their intended purpose. Haven't tried them as ninja throwing stars yet.. but hopefully soon! I wish there was an option where these came in a set from 0.25 through 1.5 or 2.5lb instead of all at 0.5 lb. Also these would be great if they were steel cut instead of cast iron. That would make them thinner and have a few more use cases . Overall a good useful set of frac plates.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Strength and Flexibility

Bells of Steel

Hi AJ, Thanks for the review on the B.o.S. Fractional Plates! We appreciate your feedback and definitely will pass it along to Kaevon about having different weights if there is enough demand for it! We are happy you are pleased with the product overall! Happy lifting! Irene and the B.o.S. Crew