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Fractional Plates – 0.5lb


Fractional cast iron plates that fit Olympic barbells, with a guaranteed weight tolerance of +/-16 grams.

Each fractional plate weighs 0.5lbs and are sold in pairs — simply select the number of pairs you want down below.





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 fractional iron plates have a guaranteed +/-16g tolerance. If you’re looking for heavier weight plates then 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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Great for pushing through plateaus

If your aim is to consistently progress your strength, these are a great addition to your lifting arsenal. The 0.5lbs helps you move up in weight consistently without feeling too much immediate pressure. Helping you progressively get stronger without risking injury by progressing too quickly.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: To stay strong and fit for a long time not just for a few years.

Bells of Steel

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review our fractional plates. We agree these are fantastic for progressive overload and will help push past plateaus! We hope to serve you again soon! Sincerely, Marcus & the BoS team


1/2 fractional plates

They are well made and I just started using them. I bought them to help overcome my plateau bench. So far so good!

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Lift more.

Bells of Steel

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review our fractional plates. We are thrilled to see these have helped your bench and have been of good use overall. We hope to serve you again soon! Sincerely, Marcus & the BoS team