So what if you're an absolute beginner in the gym?

Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Cena, Dwayne Johnson—everybody had to start somewhere.

And whether you want to build a massive back like The Rock did for Jumanji, ditch your back fat, or just hone a more powerful, well-defined upper body, this beginner's guide will set you up for success.

These 10 back exercises—curated by Mike Krajewski, C.S.C.S., owner of MK Fitness in Nashville, TN—will forge fundamental strength, basic lifting skills, and fast muscle development. Pair them with the seven best ways to make your back workouts more effective, and you'll be well on your way to getting shredded.

As always, focus on learning proper form and starting with light weight to avoid injury as a beginner lifter. Make an appointment with a personal trainer to start off on the right foot.