You make it sound as if using gear was an inevitable thing that everyone would have to do eventually?
Did he say that?
Do you think you need them? Why?
What are your expectations?
I'd suggest you at least head over to promuscle (I think it was promuscle, not sure) and check out baldnazi's story (never mind the nickname, he's ok) so that you can at least avoid getting yourself into the same trouble.