Frances Manias

Frances Manias, CSCS

Frances Manias, Physique Coach™ and Iron Sisters™ founder, has been coaching physique, fitness, powerlifting and performance for over 25 years.

As a lifetime athlete, coach (she began coaching at the age of 12) and sport administrator, she’s worked in many aspects of the sport, health and wellness industries.  And, her passion for sharing knowledge in sport continued through her participation, coaching, officiating, administrating and convening women’s OCAA (college) basketball and soccer. 

Her introduction to the fitness industry began with 15 years of competing at the highest levels of Bodybuilding between 1994 and 2008. The last 16 years have been dedicated to continuing to serve a diverse population (with equally diverse goals) within her coaching practice, and to furthering her newfound passion for powerlifting. 

Frances also served as a 2-time Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) National Team Head Coach at the 2019 IPF World Championships and the 2019 Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships. 

In April of 2020 Frances was inducted into the Dundas Sports Wall of Fame in her hometown of Dundas, Ontario, Canada for her accomplishments in bodybuilding and powerlifting.

Frances spends time passionately pursuing excellence in these forums:

Physique Coach at the Physique Coach Studio in Dundas, Ontario – Created her one-on-one and team coaching business in 1998 (formerly Alpha Omega Nutrition and Personal Training)

Iron Sisters – Established the community and organization, along with Strength Camp in 2014


Iron Sisters USA -Since 2017  has successfully facilitated 10 Training Camps around the United States

Dundas Valley Power – A powerlifting team established in 2013, as a member of the Ontario Powerlifting Association and the Canadian Powerlifting Union

Sport I: Natural Amateur Bodybuilding; 5-time CBBF Canadian Bodybuilding Champion, 2-time Silver Medalist, 7-time Team Canada Member and Competitor at the IFBB Women’s World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships. Competed between 1995 and 2008.

Sport II: Classic Powerlifting; Open Silver Medalist Provincial Championships, Open Bronze Medalist at the 2013 Canadian Powerlifting Union National Championships; Two-time Masters Provincial Champion, Two-time Masters National Champion; Bronze Medalist at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships; Five-time Team Canada Member and  Three-time Competitor at the IPF World Powerlifting Championships. Frances has actively competed in powerlifting since 2010.

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