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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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  • mae 2012/07/22 20:32:49
    No
    mae
    +2
    No, not purposely. Losing my slippers at the beach and having to take that LONG walk back to the car over thousands of tiny pinecones from the beach pines, then the hot pavement, sand, gravel and parking lot...that was more than enough for me to admit I'm not a God.
  • terrabytes 2012/07/22 20:26:03
    No
    terrabytes
    +4
    Not something I'd be interested in doing
  • Cimoc Feiler Naitsabes 2012/07/22 20:22:10
    Yes
    Cimoc Feiler Naitsabes
    +4
    always wanted too..but i think i'd get burned bad or something
  • NarcolepticGoat 2012/07/22 20:18:58
    No
    NarcolepticGoat
    +7
    I might walk on unlit charcoal
  • Pele Emerging 2012/07/22 20:07:43
    No
    Pele Emerging
    +4
    No thank you. I'm already not in the right state of mind to be stupid enough to walk on hot coals.
  • Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/07/22 20:05:43
    Yes
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +5
    If done right, and if the coals are properly prepared, its safe.

    Just make sure the coals are properly prepared, that you walk at a steady pace (dont run or dig your feet into the coals), and dont stop till you are done.

    As for this event, sounds like the customers were not given proper instructions (although the state of mind thing can help with concentration, keep yourself calm, and allow you to ignore your instinct to run), or the coals were not properly prepared.
  • Cimoc F... Dan ☮ R... 2012/07/22 20:22:34
    Cimoc Feiler Naitsabes
    +1
    exactly.
  • Kurbdog Dan ☮ R... 2012/07/22 23:49:39
    Kurbdog
    +1
    Precisely !!
  • Leprach... Dan ☮ R... 2012/07/23 09:24:50
    Leprachaun999
    The coals were probably too deep and possibly to big. or not spread out enough.
  • DianaXoGirl 2012/07/22 20:04:54
    Yes
    DianaXoGirl
    +2
    Its on my bucket list
  • john busa 2012/07/22 19:58:19
    No
    john busa
    +4
    LoL. Unleash the power within. Some people really do deserve what they get.
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2012/07/22 19:57:54
    No
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    +4
    I'm not that stupid.
  • Jana~ una chica loca 2012/07/22 19:54:07
    Yes
    Jana~ una chica loca
    +2
    YES!! It'd be awesome!
  • the_old_coach 2012/07/22 19:52:05
    No
    the_old_coach
    +4
    How dumb.
  • Andy 2012/07/22 19:46:43
    No
    Andy
    +2
    Isn't it more accurate to describe Tony Robbins' schtick as CONfidence building?
  • Giacomo Skeate 2012/07/22 19:46:41
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/07/22 19:46:40
  • Papilio 2012/07/22 19:45:49
    Yes
    Papilio
    +2
    I don't know who's Tony Robbins [as i see he's not really loved/liked] But i always wanted to try at least once firewalking
  • Cimoc F... Papilio 2012/07/22 20:23:04
    Cimoc Feiler Naitsabes
    +2
    ikr? high fifteen :3
  • retrograve 2012/07/22 19:39:19
    No
    retrograve
    +2
    I don't find it appealing.
  • Muver 2012/07/22 19:39:15
    No
    Muver
    +3
    AND I would never listen to an idiot like Tony Robbins...or let myself be brainwashed with idiot ideas....I hope he gets sued out of his very lucrative business...
  • Sandman366 2012/07/22 19:39:04
    No
    Sandman366
    +5
    Walk on burning coals barefoot?
    What, prepping for a visit to Hell or something?

    Yeah, no, that's right up there with walking on glass or laying on a bed of nails. I'll consider it...if my life depends on it.
  • Jorge Enriquez 2012/07/22 19:35:45
    No
    Jorge Enriquez
    +2
    Crazy stuff
  • intolerantrwj 2012/07/22 19:29:52
    No
    intolerantrwj
    +2
    ..... think Mr. Robbins would slide the local Aids infected hooker without a condom .... it's about as close to Apples + Apples as one can get, isn't it ?
  • DavidK 2012/07/22 19:26:27
    No
    DavidK
    +1
    About as many people who would buy his books would do such a thing.
  • King Trillionaire 2012/07/22 19:26:16
    No
    King Trillionaire
    +1
    What for?
  • AmericanVirus 2012/07/22 19:21:41 (edited)
    No
    AmericanVirus
    +2
    But I know how to do it without destroying my feet

    I thought the question was asking if I have ever done it, no, I have not, but I would do it.
  • Vieuphoria 2012/07/22 19:19:59
    Yes
    Vieuphoria
    +2
    It's perfectly safe. I'd like to try it one day. Because why not.
  • mae Vieuphoria 2012/07/22 20:38:11
    mae
    ...safe for some, apparently, not for others. How do you know which one you'll be?
  • Vieuphoria mae 2012/07/22 20:51:43
    Vieuphoria
    +1
    only one way to find out.

    Though I have thick skin on my feet due to my gig rowing days and quite a high pain threshold. I assume i'll be fine.
  • mae Vieuphoria 2012/07/22 21:34:38
    mae
    +1
    From what I've heard from aquaintances who've tried this: Tough, thick-skinned feet are a necessity--walking barefooted on gravel and pavement was strongly advised for 1 month prior to event. Have wet feet just prior to walking--water from a spray bottle will work, as will stepping into a cubby-sized plastic basin of H2O. Very fast, light-footed walk with normal stride--long strides force a more downward action and deeper step into the base=hotter coals. Some ran and took fewer steps than those who walked, and felt this was a better approach. Think Kung-Foo "Grasshopper" walking over the rice paper so as not to make a sound, disrupting the coals as little as possible=floating steps. Best of luck to you. :-)
  • Blossoms 2012/07/22 19:18:16
    No
    Blossoms
    +3
    Just why?

    facepalm

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