What Dont bench like a bodybuilder Ever wonder why so many guys/girls get hurt bench pressing It is because they bench press in a bodybuilding style. The bench press can actually be pretty safe if you stabilize the movement by benching like a powerlifter. What does that mean? Bench with your elbows tucked in at about a 45 degree angle. The bodybuilding style is when the Humerus creates an L shape with the torso. It will take a bit of getting used to but the pay off in the end is shoulders that dont ache and a big bench press.