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Dozens Burned in Tony Robbins Firewalk: Would You Ever Try Firewalking?

Living 2012/07/22 19:15:32
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Last week, dozens of attendees of a Tony Robbins motivational event were burned while participating in a firewalk. Advocates of the “confidence-building” practice argue that it’s not dangerous when done properly. But we’re pretty sure that any exercise that involves walking across burning coals can never be entirely risk-free.

At least 21 people were treated for burn injuries outside the San Jose Convention Center. Many more sought medical attention after leaving the venue. Some participants reported hearing “wails of pain, screams of agony.”

Apparently, participants in Robbins’ “Unleash the Power Within” event were warned that firewalking could be dangerous if they were not in the right state of mind. They were told to focus on the power within and avoid looking down. However, many scientists say that state of mind has nothing to do with it. “Rather, it is the short time of contact and the low thermal capacity and conductivity of the coals that is important," says physics instructor David Wiley.

Firewalkers sometimes get burned if they stay on the coals for too long, if they run, if their feet are wet, or if the coals have not burned long enough. It’s unclear whether any of these factors contributed to the injuries at the Tony Robbins event.

Tony Robbins' organization released a statement saying: "We have been safely providing this experience for more than three decades. We continue to work with local fire and emergency personnel to ensure this event is always done in the safest way possible."

So, what about you SodaHeads? Would you ever try firewalking?

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  • Jaiheen... Purple ... 2012/07/24 22:17:00
  • ebitnet 2012/07/23 19:35:16
    No
    ebitnet
    +3
    There are good reasons why the 3 Laws of Thermodynamics are called Laws and not opinions or states of mind.
  • Autumn 2012/07/23 19:29:29
    No
    Autumn
    +1
    Hell yeah!

    Just kidding.
  • Justin.Long 2012/07/23 19:28:12
    Yes
    Justin.Long
    +1
    Rather, it is the short time of contact and the low thermal capacity and conductivity of the coals that is important," says physics instructor David Wiley

    I think that is the key right there I'm sure mind over matter has a part like most people if they think about it would want to get it done faster so they would plant their feet harder causing increased contact with the heated and a inevidible burning of th feet, now if you're loose and limber you walk in a brisk fast pace but it's a lit more fluid decreasing th time the foot is pressed onto the coals resulting a safer walk and again there is no guarantee that you won't feel the burn so to speak but you won't be burnt lol
  • MissJo 2012/07/23 19:15:29 (edited)
    Yes
    MissJo
    +3
    "The state of mind has nothing to do with it..."

    LOL, sometimes I truly believe scientists underestimate the power of the mind.
    Would I try it? Sure, why not. I want to do flesh suspension, why not this? I actually walked on a really hot asphalt path (barefoot) not too long ago, probably not as hot as coals but it was a long path and I did it.

    And you know what?
    It was JUST as much as a mental challenge as a physical challenge.
  • Any MissJo 2012/07/24 00:56:12
    Any
    +3
    I believe that mental state can help you overcome the mental challenges and avoid giving into the pain, but I doubt it actually prevents you from being burned.
  • MissJo Any 2012/07/24 07:42:49
    MissJo
    I never said that, now did I?
  • Any MissJo 2012/07/25 12:10:43
    Any
    The statement you quoted was followed with the scientists' statement that the thermal properties of the coals and the time it takes to walk across them determines whether you get injured or not. By opposing the first part of the statement I assumed you also opposed the follow up.
  • MissJo Any 2012/07/25 19:18:20
  • emoanimegirl1000 2012/07/23 19:10:00
    Yes
    emoanimegirl1000
    +1
    Want to try walking across 12 screw drivers?
    criss angel on screwdrivers
  • Elisa ✦ Knockout™ 2012/07/23 18:46:15
    No
    Elisa ✦ Knockout™
    +2
    lol duh!! Besides my feet are too pretty and cute lol :P
  • Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum 2012/07/23 18:38:53
    No
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +2
    Chemistry and physics can't be overcome through positive thinking.
  • Ben 2012/07/23 18:34:24
    No
    Ben
    +2
    Every motivational speaker, self help expert, televangelist, and fitness guru can go straight to hell for all I care. I've had to learn the hard way that they are nothing but con artists that prey on the unfortunate by giving them false promises of a better life. Yeah, I'm bitter about it.
  • David 2012/07/23 18:30:36
    No
    David
    +2
    Just re-roofing my house in 100-degree-plus temps is more than enough for me, TYVM. ;-)
  • Patent1 2012/07/23 18:27:45
    No
    Patent1
    +2
    I won't be firewalking anytime soon, I won't be handling any poisonous snakes either, although I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane tho. Several times.
  • Abort A Liberal, Save A Life. 2012/07/23 18:22:50
    No
    Abort A Liberal, Save A Life.
    +2
    Why on earth, would I do something so stupid?
  • HelmetGirl 2012/07/23 18:14:38
    No
    HelmetGirl
    +1
    If people are foolish enough to pay all that money to Tony Robbins to participate in such things, then they should be willing to accept the consequences...good or bad. And not complain or sue about it.
  • Sailor Jerry [Proud Liberta... 2012/07/23 17:59:03
    Yes
    Sailor Jerry [Proud Libertarian]
    +1
    done it before; it was fun!
  • DDogbreath 2012/07/23 17:25:30 (edited)
    Yes
    DDogbreath
    +2
    ONLY if I were dressed like this!



    dressed



    How stupid can people get?
  • FanOreilly 2012/07/23 17:24:18
    No
    FanOreilly
    +3
    I don't need an artificial boost to my self esteem.
  • Mitsurugi Chiba 2012/07/23 17:00:24
    No
    Mitsurugi Chiba
    +1
    As much as I love fire due to being a fire sign (Leo), I'd never want to do anything where I'd touch it with any part of my body. I came close enough once in my life when my cousin stupidly threw gas on a campfire and while panicking when it caught the gas can on fire, threw it in my direction. We were both on fire that night on the front of our clothes. Not an experience I'd like to repeat in any form. We were very lucky neither of us were burned. I was wearing khakis and a polo type shirt, where I guess must have been flame retardant, because I couldn't feel the fire's heat. Like most ppl on fire, we did start to run, but I remember to stop, drop, and at the same time one of our friends yelled about doing so. So as I said that is as close as I'd like to come to fire, thanks.
  • politricks 2012/07/23 16:59:23
    No
    politricks
    +1
    Now you see the thing about fire, and hot things in general is.... they have a nasty tendency to burn you. I personally prefer my extremities in a completely unburned state.
  • Aingean 2012/07/23 16:46:28 (edited)
    No
    Aingean
    +1
    I'll admit Im a fraddy cat. I like my feet like they are, I'll find inner strength and all that another way. Mediation or something, it is safer.
  • Divya 2012/07/23 16:30:01
    No
    Divya
    +1
    why shold i hurt my self??? i m not Mad...
  • Logan 2012/07/23 16:14:12
    Yes
    Logan
    +1
    I have done it and so have my parents... the plaintifs are stupid... you sign a waiver stating that if you do not follow directions you will get burned. Tony doesn't put a gun to your head and tell you to walk across the fire. You do it on your own accord after instructions on how to properly do it. You sign a waiver stating that you release liability of Tony. These are all just probably people that are too stupid to know how to make money in this world.
  • shadow76 2012/07/23 15:46:14
    No
    shadow76
    +1
    To what......acomplish nothing and risk get seriously injured? Moronic!
  • userdeactivated 2012/07/23 15:13:13
  • spencerc143 2012/07/23 15:04:33
    No
    spencerc143
    +1
    Im too clumsy.
  • tobe 2012/07/23 15:03:14 (edited)
    No
    tobe
    +1
    im gonna change my answer to yes. I think it'd be a pretty cool experience. (or not so cool haha lil joke)
  • Chris 2012/07/23 14:58:57
    No
    Chris
    +2
    fire
    Walk through this.
  • Lorien 2012/07/23 14:56:15
    No
    Lorien
    +1
    Yah..., like no way in hell~~~! Are you kidding me? I'm not mental...
  • Steve 1 2012/07/23 14:47:36
    No
    Steve 1
    +2
    No, because that is crazy
  • Brendakp 2012/07/23 14:37:23
    No
    Brendakp
    +4
    And people pay to do this?

    Stupid
  • Venus in Furs 2012/07/23 14:27:04
    No
    Venus in Furs
    +1
    2nd and 3rd degree burns--Hell no. Even if you have somehow convinced yourself that the pain is "only in your head", the burns will still be on the bottom of your feet and I'm pretty sure that that's going to make walking or doing anything on your feet a bit of a challenge. Also, there's just no way in Hell I would put my body at such a risk for such a stupid feat.
  • Michael 2012/07/23 14:26:41
    No
    Michael
    +1
    Witchcraft followers are still alive and well! Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could use our minds to overcome "causing" pain!
  • Warren ... Michael 2012/07/23 18:41:22
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +1
    People can use hypnosis to overcome pain, but not the physical effects of having their flesh burned.
  • DizziNY 2012/07/23 14:16:54
    No
    DizziNY
  • Nilam 2012/07/23 14:02:06
    No
    Nilam
    +2
    hey lets go bungy jumping with no cords next!!!!
  • Courtney 2012/07/23 13:58:49
    No
    Courtney
    +2
    No fanks!
  • Kyle 2012/07/23 13:57:05
    No
    Kyle
    +1
    you couldnt even pay me to do that

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