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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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  • Null_Shock 2012/07/23 07:16:51
    Yes
    Null_Shock
    +2
    Why not?
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/07/23 07:01:22
    No
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +3
    I am not one that can even walk around barefooted over rocks & sand, it hurts too much. Even if I could, I'd still pass on this.
  • Eccles 2012/07/23 06:57:41
    No
    Eccles
    +3
    What the hell for?
  • S.H 2012/07/23 06:55:40 (edited)
    No
    S.H
    +3
    Stupid.
  • Man_Bear_Pig 2012/07/23 06:52:07
    No
    Man_Bear_Pig
    +3
    What do people expect get out of that?
  • May 2012/07/23 06:39:54
    No
    May
    +3
    Why would I want to inflict pain to my body intentionally?
  • Marianne 2012/07/23 06:38:51
    No
    Marianne
    +3
    I think that this is irresponsible.
  • Akki 2012/07/23 06:37:37
    No
    Akki
    +3
    I am not going to boast about being all strong and go firewalking, I would never try that. and I don't know about the power within but the mind within me will always tell not to try these stupid things.
  • valeria.casey.9 2012/07/23 06:09:48
    No
    valeria.casey.9
    +3
    It seems to me to be outragous to do something that dangerous without proper teaching ie;the Monks in Tibet train a lifetime for the power within so a few days of mind training just wouldnt get it with me
  • C4TSMILEY 2012/07/23 05:56:30
  • rockyjr5 2012/07/23 05:34:27
    No
    rockyjr5
    +6
    I walked on the street bare footed because I had sand in my legs and I was trying to find a restroom to clean my feet off, and I didn't like the feeling of walking on the street bare footed, so the answer is oh heck no, that is worse.
  • Nintaku 2012/07/23 05:29:10
    Yes
    Nintaku
    +4
    Firewalking is something that takes a certain amount of skill, training, and knowledge.
    There is nothing religious, spiritual, or needing the "power within" to do fire-walks.
    Place your feet correctly, don't dig into the higher temperature coals, and develop a style that will work.

    On a side note there is the idea that trances can make the human body resistant to certain types of harm. Look at the Bali Barong Rangda Sword trance drama dance. The blades used by the men playing the roles are not dulled, and the blades are the every day implements the people use in their daily lives.

    How do the bodies resist the full on stabs of the blade, some of which have the stabber's full body weight behind it?

    Modern medicine has no idea. Do note, however, that we are researching the people of Bali. So we might have answers to some questions.
  • mblack 2012/07/23 05:22:34
    No
    mblack
    +2
    No, and i have no good words for the people that got burned. they simply deserved what happened. Obviously, something went wrong with this setup.
  • Lolita666 2012/07/23 04:59:59 (edited)
    Yes
    Lolita666
    +4
    Why not? I'd probably regret doing it though...
  • Dickens 2012/07/23 04:50:26 (edited)
    No
    Dickens
    +3
    ...and especially not for some slimy, low-life, scumbag con artist like that tony robbins...
  • ilovetwilight 2012/07/23 04:41:34
    No
    ilovetwilight
    +2
    Being uncordinated would not work! I would fall and burn my while body and its dangerous
  • Juliana 2012/07/23 04:40:56
    No
    Juliana
  • Madi 2012/07/23 04:08:24
    No
    Madi
    +2
    That sounds like complete stupidity. I don't need to walk on burning coals to build confidence.
  • Cameryn (◠‿◠✿) 2012/07/23 04:02:12
    Yes
    Cameryn (◠‿◠✿)
    +2
    It seems fun.
  • mark 2012/07/23 04:01:50
    No
    mark
    +2
    I don't have "the power within". BTW , I feel Tony Robbins should be first in line for these firewalks so he can set an example for his followers.
  • gunner 2012/07/23 04:00:01
    No
    gunner
    +2
    It`s about as deep into the occult as I don`t want to get. I`m motivated enough without witch doctoring tricks. Utter nonsense.
  • mikeeonly 2012/07/23 03:54:35
    No
    mikeeonly
    +3
    No find way. I had third degree burns as a teenager. Nothing hurts that bad.
  • nneoma 2012/07/23 03:23:36
    No
    nneoma
    +3
    Sometimes I loose complete hop in humanity
  • Tastentier 2012/07/23 03:18:50
    No
    Tastentier
    +3
    I completely fail to see the point. And I think the gullible people who fell for this mind-over-matter nonsense and literally got burned should sue the living daylights out of Tony Robbins.
  • gunner Tastentier 2012/07/23 04:06:00
    gunner
    +1
    I agree, but they also voluntarily did it. They didn`t have to. I don`t condone the practice. However I think people need to take responsibility for their own actions. A lot of to-days problems could be disolved by personal responsibility. I`m sure Mr. Robbins has a very persuasive program and folks get caught up in those things. I`ve been to more than one high pres. sales seminar. I think those types could talk the skin right off an apple. So, yea, sue their socks off.
  • the fuze 2012/07/23 03:14:04
    No
    the fuze
    +2
    I don't need to walk across firey coals to gain/improve my confidence. Too gimmicky for me.
  • frequent–antagonist 2012/07/23 02:54:29
    Yes
    frequent–antagonist
    +3
    It's true, it will not hurt much if any at all if you are in the proper psychological state.
  • gunner frequen... 2012/07/23 04:08:32
    gunner
    +1
    Like a guy I heard about who believed he could fly, & jumped out a second story apt. window and broke both his legs. I saw the apt. but not him. He was still in the hosp. He was in a state alright.
  • laydeelapis 2012/07/23 02:47:07
    Yes
    laydeelapis
    +1
    It actually seems kind of interesting. I gather that as long as you don't walk too fast, there's not constant heat on your feet. I wouldn't do it for a confidence boost (how does it help that anyway??) but it seems like a good exercise for learning to keep control in stressful situations and training your mind to not panic over what it's doing and keep calm and walk consistently.
  • gunner laydeel... 2012/07/23 04:10:10
    gunner
    +1
    Go hunting w/ Dick Cheny, if you want a stressful situation.
  • Joyblossom 2012/07/23 02:01:50
    No
    Joyblossom
    +2
    An "Are you out of your mind? Heck no!" option would have been more sufficient
  • Jennifer Bourne 2012/07/23 01:54:11
    No
    Jennifer Bourne
    +2
    Probably not, especially in the cornball context of a Tony Robbins seminar.
  • realist 2012/07/23 01:54:02
    Yes
    realist
    +4
    have done it many times. quite easy actually. leads me to think less of the quality of people who lead this event.
  • joe.noonan2 2012/07/23 01:49:14
    Yes
    joe.noonan2
    +1
    I wouldn't go first, but just walk slow and flat footed and you will be fine.
  • ChloeCannibal 2012/07/23 01:41:32
    Yes
    ChloeCannibal
    +2
    I think it would be a bad ass thing to tell people I did(; nice question!!!!!!(:anyone can add or rave me!!!!!
  • gunner ChloeCa... 2012/07/23 04:11:43
    gunner
    +2
    You`re joking, right ?
  • ChloeCa... gunner 2012/07/23 05:40:22
    ChloeCannibal
    +1
    Im not even kidding..
  • Leprach... ChloeCa... 2012/07/23 09:19:23
    Leprachaun999
    If the Fire is tended correctly there is little danger. Also the burns my friends got were minor but they were interpreted by a reflexology There is also bending an arrow. .
  • Farbiger 2012/07/23 01:20:25
    No
    Farbiger
    +4
    Uh, no. hell no
  • Ashley 2012/07/23 01:18:06
    No
    Ashley
    +1
    What has gotten into Tony Robbins?

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