There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the plank exercise if you have spent time working out at the gym, or perused fitness magazines or online articles. You may even have gotten down on one of the best yoga mats (opens in new tab) and tried this popular core exercise at one point or another.

For regular gym goers, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts, the basic plank exercise – or more advanced plank variations – are among the mainstays of most workout routines.