We’ve probably all watched the Oxford/Cambridge boat race, or more likely flicked over right at the end, and felt inspired to get on a rowing machine.

But, if used wrongly, they can be tiring and it won’t take long for you to be put off.

That’s where Fitness First personal trainer Anthony Murray comes in. Here are his three easy steps to become a not terrible rower – although you should probably aim higher than not terrible.

You’ll be on the water in no time.

Oh, one additional tip: probably don’t wear a suit.

Prime Minister Tony Blair is put through his paces on a rowing machine
(Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Nick Clegg (left) MP with Chris Huhne MP the two prospective Leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party, on the rowing machines
(John Stillwell/PA)

London Mayor Ken Livingstone uses a rowing machine
(Fiona Hanson/PA)