Myrna Partrich: Fitness Expert
CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ
Washington D.C. on May 1. She lead the
aerobic workout station on the White
House lawn. She worked out with
President Bush and other political
PHILOSOPHY: "Positive self-esteem and
being in control of yourself is an
important element in a person's life.
This allows a person to live a healthier,
BACKGROUND: Myrna Burke Partrich
grew up in Detroit and lived on
Pennington in northwest Detroit. Her
father, Albert Burke, was a builder. She
remembers a loving and peaceful
childhood. She attended Camp
Tamarack and the Jewish Community
"I had a warm, Jewish upbringing,"
Mrs. Partrich said.
After she was graduated from
Mumford High School, she attended
Wayne State University. When she was
fixed up with Spencer Partrich, she
knew he was special. They have been
married 25 years.
A few years after her father died,
she and her best friend arranged for her
mother and the friend's father to meet.
"It was so natural, and they have been
married 20 years," Mrs. Partrich said.
About 15 years ago, she became
aware of the importance of exercise. She
had always been very athletic and
enjoyed aerobics. She teamed up with
her friend Barbara Schiff and together
they began teaching aerobic classes in
basements and school gyms. When they
had saved enough money to put in the
best floor for aerobic exercise, they
opened a studio, The Workout Company.
The Workout Company celebrates its
10th anniversary this year.
"Exercise enables you to achieve a
wonderful feeling of being healthy," Mrs.
Partrich said. "My goal has been to
develop exercise programs that will
NAME: Myrna Lois Partrich
AGE: "Middle-aged and feeling
OCCUPATION: Co-owner of The Workout
Company Exercise Studio.
EDUCATION: She attended Wayne State
FAMILY: She is married to Spencer
Partrich, a real estate developer. She .
has two children: Ross, a recent
graduate of the University of Michigan
who is entering graduate school at New
York University, and Andrea, a student
at the University of Wisconsin. Her
mother, Ethel Abrams, and stepfather,
Morris Abrams, reside in Southfield.
Her sister, Brenda Worth, resides in
West Bloomfield. Her stepsisters are
Tina Bassett and Cheryl Abrams, while
her stepbrother is Mitchell Abrams.
RESIDENCE: Bloomfield Hills
SYNAGOGUE: Congregation Shaarey
ORGANIZATIONS: She is active in United
Jewish Appeal and Israel Bonds. She is
on the local board of the Weizmann
Institute of Science and Kadima.
FAVORITE BOOK: "I'm a classic
romantic!' She enjoys books with
historical romance themes. One favorite
is Winds of War by Herman Wouk. The
bulk of her reading is medical and
HOBBIES: "I enjoy entertaining guests
in my home.
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: As a member
of the President's Council of Physical
Fitness, she was part of the Great
American Workout that took place in
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Congressman Sander Levin will sponsor
the annual Congressional Art Competition,
An Artistic Discovery, through May 19.
Artwork of high school students in the
congressman's district will be on display in
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A panel of judges will select first, second
and third place winners plus many who will
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A dessert reception honoring the par-
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