I'm providing a description of the process of exercising with a dumbbell (from a video). I have come across a point where I've to describe the raising and lowering movement of the dumbbells as such,
Holding it [dumbbell] aloft, he raised and lowered it.
This feels very weird (because I'm going to be using the phrase repeatedly through the description), I'm looking to replace the phrase "raised and lowered" with a single word. Searching for it in a thesaurus yields this but it is of no use.