Tony Robbins' Fire-Walking Exercise Ends in Burns
5 people were hospitalized
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2016 11:30 AM CDT
Tony Robbins, motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, and self-help author.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – One of the activities for participants of Tony Robbins' motivational seminars is walking on hot coals, an activity that, trainers tell WFAA, most people "didn't think was possible." And, well, it turns out some of them were sort of right. During Robbins' "Unleash the Power Within" seminar in Dallas Thursday night, about 40 people were treated by ambulances at the scene for burns to their feet and legs; five of them had to be taken to the hospital. Robbins' website describes the coal-walking activity like so, per the Dallas Morning News: "Storm across a bed of hot coals. Once you start doing what you thought was impossible, you’ll conquer the other fires of your life with ease.”

But maybe they just didn't believe hard enough, or something? Witnesses say some people were simply too distracted while doing the exercise: "There was someone in front of us and someone behind us on their cell phone, taking selfies and taking pictures," says one apparently uninjured fire walker. "So I think that that has a lot to do with it." Though 40 people may sound like a lot, WFAA notes that approximately 7,000 people tried the coal-walking exercise. "I’ve been doing events with Tony for 23 years, and while it may not look like that way, this was a successful event," the head trainer tells CBS DFW.