I often see lifters doing the bench press with their elbows out, under the bar. So there arms are parallel to the bar and at a 90 degree angle to their body. OK, is this how you would push your car when it is out of gas? Or is this how a football player pushes another on the line. No, your elbows are down, about 45 degrees to the body. I know, I know, it makes the bench feel easier, but it is training the body to do things in an unnatural motion. This works against your motor skills when strength is needed.