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Old 01-27-2011, 11:24 PM   #11
Robert Fabsik
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

Adding fractional weights to the bar can be invaluable when you start hitting the ceiling/limit on some lifts, but as the others have pointed out there are cheaper ways to do it. Since you have budget constraints, I focus on items with more versatility or using the money to make sure the pieces of equipment you purchase are of high quality.

You might suggest to the one who wanted the fractional plates to purchase them for himself so that he can have them for life or suggest to purchase the chains/washers.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:26 AM   #12
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

Second the McMaster washers. I have 6 at the house, and two of them weigh 1 1/4 lb. Much cheaper than the fractional plates and at the end of the day, you accomplish the same thing.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:25 AM   #13
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

Waste of money. The weight of plates in gyms varies by more than the weight of fractional plates. If you workout at home with plates of a known weight, then they might be of some value.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:48 AM   #14
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

I use our 1.25# plates quite often as I get close to my max on overhead stuff and the Olympic lifts. So far I haven't wanted anything smaller than that.

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Old 02-01-2011, 05:49 AM   #15
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

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Waste of money. The weight of plates in gyms varies by more than the weight of fractional plates. If you workout at home with plates of a known weight, then they might be of some value.
I weighed all the plates at my globo and wrote the real weight on them with a sharpie haha
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:17 AM   #16
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

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I weighed all the plates at my globo and wrote the real weight on them with a sharpie haha
haha, I bet that burst some bubbles.

We lifted with a bar for 5 years before learning it was only a 35lbs bar. It sucks to have all your PR's called back by 10lbs.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:23 AM   #17
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

If strapped for money, you can use multiple clamps on each side to increment the weights.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:26 PM   #18
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

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No, I mean the Navy's equivalent of Army ROTC in college.

We have 2.5lb plates and a bunch of extra collars. I figured we could add more of those to get fractional weights if people acutally needed them.

Anyways, thanks for the replies everyone.
Is anyone trying to break any big records? If not then 2.5lbs are the lowest you need.

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Things like O-lifts and any kind of pressing will require you use less than 5 lbs. jumps at a time to make continued progress.
o-lifters have made plenty of progress over the years without plates less than 1.25k.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:58 PM   #19
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

No one is trying to break records. The person who is doing it is currently doing starting strength. He read in the book that he would need them and wants them for that reason. I do agree that he would need them eventually, but he is still making his noob gains of 5-10lbs consistently a lift.

Again, thank you everyone for your responses.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:00 PM   #20
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

My wife is small. Her max shoulder press is 75 and her 4 rep max is 72.5. So fractionals are pretty helpful.
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