I don’t agree with that at all. Some methods are more dangerous than others. And some are more complicated, leading to more things you can do wrong. The advantage to the newbie routine is that its simple to do those exercises and you instantly respond to feedback your body gives you. You lose nothing by starting that way, and most people gain nicely with it.
The same argument goes for hanging. As long as a newb starts out low, like 2.5 lbs or even up to 5 lbs, and starts out with 10 minutes of hanging to get the techniques down, I don’t see how injury is any more likely than the newbie routine. Simple hanging such as BTC or SD without experimenting on the manifold other techniques will not lead to injury any more than the newbie routine. Again, there are numerous newbies on here who have injured themselves on the newbie routine.
Serious starting point: Nov. 2, 2009/BPEL 5.75 x 4.75 inches.
Current BPEL 7 1/2 x 5.5 inches.
Goal: BPEL 8 x 6 inches.