In the 2016 Rio Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps’ multitude of eye-catching purple circles made countless headlines. And no, he was NOT in a bar fight!

And no, he was NOT in a bar fight!

Neither did he fall asleep on his 22 gold medals!

Michael Phelps’ trainers proudly claimed that cupping was a favored recovery modality that helped reduce soreness and sped up the healing of overworked muscles.

Phelps wasn’t the only Olympian that sported cupping marks – US gymnast Alex Naddour and Belarus swimmer Pavel Sankovich have proudly uploaded their cup kisses to social media.

Unfortunately, some of the Hollywood buzz viewed the celeb’s cupping marks as simply bruises and rolled their eyes at its potential benefits.