Dreams to action: STACK Sports Performance Facility


STACK Baytown Owners: Mary Lou (Left) and Pierre Russell (Right)

When passion meets purpose great things can happen. Together, entrepreneurs and Sam Houston State University Alumni, Pierre and Mary Lou Russell run their newly opened sports training facility, STACK in Baytown, TX.

Stack Baytown, one of the many facilities in the STACK Velocity franchise, specializes in making better athletes in a variety of sports such as soccer, track, basketball, and others. Every coach is certified, has obtained a degree, with a passion that dedicates them to the sport. Mary Lou and Pierre are two of the many coaches.

Additionally, STACK is able to offer rehabilitation to athletes recovering from injury or surgeries. Russell optimizes the gym space particularly well with a fully equipped “victory rack” or adult jungle gym, holding up to 50 people.

Additionally,  STACK is able to offer rehabilitation to athletes recovering from injury or surgeries. Russell optimizes the gym space particularly well with a fully equipped “victory rack” or adult jungle gym, holding up to 50 people.


The victory rack offers diversity in workouts.

Pierre and Mary Lou’s location offers specific training for athletes as young as 6 years old to pro athlete. They alternate coaches and plans with different work outs every time. STACK also acts as an open gym venue for non-athletes looking to stay in shape (general fitness). Coaches are in the vicinity to assist in the use of equipment that may be unfamiliar or difficult to use.

“Many times people can be embarrassed to ask for help at a typical gym or there’s no help available,” Russell said. “Here we make sure to be there to guide them.”

A few of the specific private training sessions are competition prep- bodybuilding, women’s bikini, women’s figure, and men and women’s physique. It also includes general fitness and weight loss.

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The newlyweds also travel the country competing in body building events with their team Strength of Body and Mind (SBM). Most recently, the pair participated in the NPC National Body Building Championship in Miami Florida in hopes of securing their pro card.

Mary Lou Munguia (Russell) competes particularly in bikini while Pierre takes on men’s physique. (See Mary Lou win Overall Bikini NPC 2015)

After weeks of training and prepping, 10 seconds on stage will determine whether or not they secure the prize. Mary Lou placed 11th while another SBM member placed 4th. Regardless the outcome, they have STACK Baytown to continue towards their goals and helping others to do the same.

During his college years at SHSU, Pierre Russell created and ran an after school fitness program for kids that sparked his desire to open his own facility to keep kids active. He wishes to continue working to extend STACK’s reach.

“I would love to be involved with (SHSU) colleges more to help and be an inspiration to others and potentially help them graduate,” Pierre Russell said.

Internships are available to students approaching graduation and interested in entering sports training or related fields. Contact STACK Baytown at 281-838-8336.

For a more in depth look at STACK Baytown’s services visit http://www.velocitysp.com/baytown. They are open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 6 a.m. to 1 p.m, and closed Sundays.

Fun Fact: Pierre believes that one the most difficult obstacles in opening STACK was the fear of disappointing those who believe in him, but one of the sayings at STACK motivates to absolve any fear. That saying is “Let’s EAT!”                         (eat em up Kats? No? Alright)

I’ve had the pleasure of encountering some of the most determined, hard working people at Sam Houston. There is always a sense of family and togetherness among Bearkats. I believe that same feeling translates over to STACK. When in Baytown, pay Mary Lou and Pierre a visit. Fun fact #2: They will celebrate their wedding anniversary December 21st. Show them love!


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