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Old 02-01-2011, 01:07 PM   #21
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

I'm small 5'0" 110lb. Sure fractional plates can be are helpful, but are not really necessary. Being able to break mental barriers would be more helpful.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:22 PM   #22
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

I bought six 2_inch I.D. washers at a place called Fastenal for $6.00. They weigh ~ 1.5 lbs.

They are well worth the price...Cheaper than a movie theater ticket, and more lasting fun.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:42 PM   #23
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

Get thee to Fastenal

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Old 02-01-2011, 04:48 PM   #24
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

I'll be honest...I bought the Iron Woody fractionals for when we had several ladies following a linear progression in our garage gym. They said they'd help pay for them and then quit coming to workouts. Oh, well. I like having them. They're one of the few "luxury" items in our garage, but I'm glad we picked them up.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:43 AM   #25
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

Rogue (WFS) has 1.25 lbs and 2.5 lbs plates. They are $6 and $10 a pair respectively (before shipping).
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:53 PM   #26
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

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Rogue (WFS) has 1.25 lbs and 2.5 lbs plates. They are $6 and $10 a pair respectively (before shipping).
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:40 PM   #27
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

I second the Fastenal 2" washer idea. I bought 6 of them for my girlfriend and wrote .625# on each of them. Throw one on each end of the bar: you have 1.25 lbs. Throw 2 on each end: 2.5 lbs. Throw 3 on there: 3.75lbs. By the time you've had 3 on each end, then you're ready to add the 2.5# plate. Do they each weigh exactly .625#? Who cares? Its close enough, and its cheap.

This reminds me of an argument we had once. I've grown up lifting weights, and like anyone who's been lifting for a long time I can do quick mental calculations assuming the bar is 45lbs. So, to make loading easier, I record all weights with my special bars (safety squat/ Yoke bar, swiss bar, etc.) assuming that the bar weighs 45lbs. She didn't like this, and told me that I should write down what the weight actually was. Anyways, sorry for the rambling...
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:07 PM   #28
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

Okay, I got curious and looked up the prices on
the Fastenal web site; the 2" washers
are at about $3.50 apiece - so the $1.00
I quoted earlier was a slight understatement.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:15 AM   #29
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

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This reminds me of an argument we had once. I've grown up lifting weights, and like anyone who's been lifting for a long time I can do quick mental calculations assuming the bar is 45lbs. So, to make loading easier, I record all weights with my special bars (safety squat/ Yoke bar, swiss bar, etc.) assuming that the bar weighs 45lbs. She didn't like this, and told me that I should write down what the weight actually was. Anyways, sorry for the rambling...
Brian:
Metric.

Nice, round numbers.
Besides, your 45lb. bar is a 20 kilo bar in disguise anyway!
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:15 AM   #30
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Re: Fractional Plates worth the money?

I'm a scientist and I still can't get my head around using kilos in the weight room. 225 lbs just sounds more right than 100 kilos. Blame my football coaches.

Still wouldn't change the fact that its easier to assume all the bars weigh the same. A 75lb SSB still wouldn't be a nice round number like 30 kilos....
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