The trick to getting the most out of your 20 minutes is to spend at least 15 minutes doing some other type of cardio to get your heart rate beating at a good fat burning pace. You can get on the stationary bike, or the row machine, just make sure you're heart rate is pumping a good bit fast than at it's resting state.
After you've had a good warm up, transition to the treadmill and crank up your pace to your normal distance running pace. This could be at 7mph or even 8mph. Just make sure it is a comfortable pace you can keep up for 20 minutes.
For your cool down, stop the treadmill after 20 minutes and walk while you are cleaning the pool of sweat off the machine. Then after you've cleaned up, walk around the gym and stretch as needed.
20 minutes on the treadmill is not the best workout of your life, but you can make it count by adding a 15 minute warm up on one of the cardio machines that are open. If you've got time, and a suit, try your 15 minute warm-up in the pool!
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