I’m relatively new to heavy lifting but have been hitting the weights hard for the last two years.
When I first benched, I had my elbows out to the sides (towards the plates) and could never touch my chest with anything ‘heavy’.
After a lot of reading (John Tate, Louie Simmons, articles here, etc.) I’ve come to learn that the elbows should be more along the ribs than flaired out to the sides.
Now I can touch my chest, I use my lats, triceps, front delts, etc. a lot more and my pecs less.
Is this a better way to bench? I’ve had several non-lifters (PT guy, etc.) talk about benching and show it done with elbows out.
Are there two kinds of benches, or is the elbows out just bad form?