Lisa Allen (co-founder) Lisa is co-founder and co-owner of BlackBench Fit. She and her business partner Trish Drennan founded their company in 2009 to combine the energy of group fitness with the benefits of personal training to deliver a brand-new fitness experience. The company’s “sweat, nourish, commit” credo was driven by their commitment to using the latest philosophies in fitness, a passion for nutrition education and a belief in the power of accountability to help reach health goals. As an MBSC affiliate, the two are extensively trained as certified functional strength coaches (CSFC) and also received their group fitness certification from the International Fitness Association (IFA). Lisa is also a Precision Nutrition-certified Level 1 coach. Prior to launching BlackBench Fit, she spent 15 years in corporate communications, working for several DC-based trade associations in public relations, marketing and member communications.