Crying into your protein powder when you see a stranger eating frozen yogurt is sadly an all-too-common experience.
People watch you in confusion and concern as you struggle like a baby deer walking up a flight of stairs because yesterday was leg day.
You’ve asked, “Can you help me get my protein powder from the top of the fridge?” more times than you can count.
Some girls go to the gym with their hair completely done, looking crazy hot.
Yeah, that’s not you.
You’ve learned the hard way that spending half an hour on your makeup only to sweat it off in five seconds is a waste of time.
You will never have a meet-cute at the gym, unlike in all those adorable rom-coms or like the girls who show up in yoga pants. You’re here to work out, and all men will avoid your crazy hair and sweat stains.
They’ll all try to hit on you after they see you done up, though.
Thankfully, you know they’re shallow and you won’t waste your time with any of them.
You’ve shopped in the children’s section.
More than once.
Okay, you actually visit it frequently. The clothes just fit better.
You can be the most modest person in the world, but the music you have on you workout playlist would make your grandmother have a stroke.
What? It’s just more motivational.
You’ve learned that if you can handle 5:30 a.m. workouts and the taste of protein powder, there’s not much you can’t do.
You can’t count the looks of confusion you get when you walk to the weights section of the gym instead of heading toward the ellipticals.
You have to physically stop yourself from rolling your eyes when girls ask, “But aren’t you afraid you’re going to get big?” when you try to explain weight training to them.
Don’t even get me started on CrossFit.
You’ve made awkward eye contact at the gym when watching another girl work out.
You were legitimately just trying to see if you could add her triceps extension as a new addition to your arm workout.
But nope, now you’re a creeper.
And if you thought that was awkward, let’s not even get started on the locker rooms.
Yeah, you’ve seen way too many naked strangers to count.
And they’ve seen you doing embarrassing things, like flexing or pinching your belly skin in the mirror.
Whatever, they do it, too.
Dragging your ass out of bed before the sun comes up to get to the gym isn’t really fun for anyone.
But you know the price is worth it, and you’ll be up and at it again tomorrow morning, and you wouldn’t change a thing.
RecruitmentChairTSM (@TheRecruitChair) is a contributing writer for Total Sorority Move. This current grad student and ex-sorority girl survives solely on Diet Coke and the tears of the pledges she personally victimized. She's a Monica, a Marnie, a Miranda, and a Regina. Her favorite hobbies include drinking $14 bottles of wine and binge-watching season 2 of Grey's Anatomy until she cries. You can send her annoying e-mails at RecruitChairTSM@gmail.com